Why Honor W.E.B. Du Bois?: CAU Spearheads Yearlong Project Celebrating His Work

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Morehouse College isn’t the only college in the Atlanta University Center striving to acknowledge civil rights activist, historian, and Pan-Africanist, W.E.B. Du Bois. According to the Morehouse website, in 1973 the school took the liberty of naming its official international house (freshman dormitory) after the philosopher, in an effort to nurture relationships between American students interested in international relations and freshman students from all over the world.

 

Similarly, Clark Atlanta University has begun a yearlong project in memory of the former Atlanta University professor. On Jan. 20 CAU spearheaded a study on the major works and research of W.E.B. Du Bois at the Thomas W. Cole Research Center for Science and Technology. Dr. Du Bois’ great grandson, Mr. Arthur McFarlane, spoke as a panelist in a discussion intended to engage leaders in religion, journalists, politicians, and businessman.

 

Christian Bayas, a junior philosophy major at Morehouse, said, “Du Bois was a pioneer for all blacks to improve the quality of life socially, economically, and mentally. Du Bois was a trailblazer for all black leaders that succeeded him.”

 

Carlton E. Brown, CAU president, said, “As a faculty member at Atlanta University for 23 years, Dr. Du Bois left such an embossed footprint on our grounds in support of black higher education and social commentary. We are pleased to host such an in-depth examination of his works, which are making a mark on today’s generation and generations to come.”

 

The yearlong study is also in preparation for “On the Wings of Atlanta,” the commemorative conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of his death approaching in January of 2013.

 

“He [Du Bois] contributed a lot to the upbringing of the university. Knowing that, honoring him will give current students and future students an overview of him and the accomplishments he’s made,” Alfonzo Dixon, a sophomore mass communications major, said.

 

“[On The Wings of Atlanta] is important for the opportunity to review and resuscitate the legacy of Dr. Du Bois and his vision of problem-solving education, to witness his work as relevant and inspiring, even today,” Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans, chair of the history department at CAU, said.

 

 

 

Dannieka Wiggins

 

World and Local Editor

 

dwiggin1@scmail.spelman.edu

 

 

 

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