How Did W. E. B. Dubois Shaped American Society

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Hill Moses English 11/ American History 3/5/15 Draft W.E.B Du Bois might not be the name that comes to mind when thinking about prolific Civil Rights leaders in America, but he should be at the top of the list. W.E.B inspired African Americans and other minorities alike to stand up against segregation and gain complete equality to whites. W.E.B Du Bois shaped American Society by giving African Americans a voice by founding the NAACP, going head to head with Booker T. Washington , and influencing future activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Du Bois was fighting an uphill battle since the day he was born. He strived to become educated and felt it was important for his success even from an early age. While he was fortunate enough to attend…show more content…
In the Spring of 1910, Du Bois attended the National Negro Conference in New York that discussed ways to obtain equal voting rights and education for African Americans and other discriminated minorities. Du Bois suggested the NAACP, the National Association for the advancement of Colored People, to help pave the way for equal education. He also insisted that it should say colored people instead of black people because he wanted the organization to "help dark skinned people from everywhere". After the founding of the NAACP, Du Bois was put in charge of creating a monthly publication to share stories and opinions of segregation and why it was hindering American society, and decided to name it "The Crisis". It was once of the first successful African American publications and reached a circulation of 100,000 issues by 1920. During his time as the chief publisher of "The Crisis", he wrote many controversial articles and pushed for many movements against lynching and segregation causing many people to question there actions and if it was a necessity to put black people on a lower pedestal. Later in his time at "The Crisis", he

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