William Edward Burghardt Du Bois A Freedom Fighter

Du Bois attended school at Great Barrington where he experienced little discrimination when he was playing with his white schoolmates. A very smart boy, his teachers encouraged him to pursue his education further. When he was ready to attend college, the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington paid his tuition. He attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1885 to 1888 where he experienced racism for the first time. He earned a Bachelor’ s degree from Fisk, then attended Harvard from 1888 to 1890 and earned another Bachelor’s degree because this college did not accept the credits he earned from Fisk. This time, he mainly paid his tuition by working in the summer and applying for scholarships. In1892, Du Bois received a Fellowship to pursue Graduate School in Berlin, Germany. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, opened his mind to different issues happening in the world, and sharpened his intellectual abilities. He also continued his graduate studies when he came back home and became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1895.
To begin his professional career, he accepted a teaching position at Wilberforce University in Ohio where he met Alexander Crummell who strongly influenced him. Crummell was a pastor who spoke out against slavery and the plight of black people. He strongly denounced racial discrimination and advocated racial solidarity in order to achieve the advancement of the black community. After two years at Wilberforce, Du Bois accepted a one-year research position at the University of Pennsylvania in 1896 where he conducted sociological field research in Philadelphia’s African American neighborhood.&nbsp.This research led to the publication of The Philadelphia Negro published two years later. He got interested in research and published other works. He also started to teach at Atlanta University.