W.E.B Dubois was an African American sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in 1888, he entered Harvard College as a junior and received his second bachelor’s degree in 1890. He completed his graduate work at Harvard in 1895, where he was the first African American to receive a PhD.

He wrote extensively and was the best-known spokesperson for African American rights during the first half of the 20th century

He also co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.