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The Wounded World: W.E.B. Du Bois, African Americans and World War I

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Knights of Columbus Museum

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New Haven, CT 06511

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W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) was a scholar and social activist. In 1895, he became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard and later cofounded the NAACP. Shortly after World War I, the Knights of Columbus published “The Gift of Black Folk,” a book authored by Du Bois to recount the role of African Americans in the development of the United States. Chad Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, will examine the “Great War” through the eyes of Du Bois, together with the civil rights leader’s aspirations for the future of blacks in America.

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