Before the seminal leaders of the civil rights movement, such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther, there was W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois was a catalyst for the civil rights movement. He evoked change in the daily lives of African Americans with the establishment of the NAACP. Growing up in America in the early twentieth century, Du Bois lived in a society where discrimination was tolerable. Though he was valedictorian of his high school, he experienced dehumanization first-hand in the Jim Crow laws when he entered college. He overcame this daunting prejudicial obstacle in obtaining an education, and devoting his life’s work to political and social rights. He steadfastly worked to rid the country of racially motivated violence and …show more content…
Its main goal has been to guarantee the political, cultural, and socioeconomic equity of all people, and to dispose of racial segregation and scorn. Du Bois dedicated his life to transforming the experience of African
Americans, to help them achieve acceptance in a society not yet ready to acknowledge them.
Preceding the fundamental pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement, particularly Malcolm X and Martin Luther, W.E.B. Du Bois was a similar figure, one who courageously and steadfastly fought discrimination.
Through the education he received and championed for others, Du Bois evoked change in the daily lives of African Americans through the various organizations that he founded and lead. Growing up in
Massachusetts in the mid-20th century, Du Bois lived in a general public where separation was common and unremarkable. In spite of his personal and professional achievements, including graduating valedictorian of his high school, he saw and experienced first-hand the travesties inflicted by Jim Crow Laws. He personally overcame racial biases and prejudices, and committed his labor of love to political and social rights. He unflinchingly attempted to free the nation of racially motivated segregation and