W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

Reading Comprehension for February 23

W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar. He spent much of his life working on advanced college degrees. He studied subjects as diverse as sociology, Latin, and Greek, but he didn't spend all of his time studying and thinking. W.E.B. Du Bois also put his ideas into words. He wrote and lectured so that as many people as possible could understand things the way that he did.

W.E.B. was most interested in learning about his own people - African Americans. He believed that by learning all that he could, he would find ways for African Americans to gain their rights and improve their lives.

He began his studies early in his life. Even in high school, W.E.B. was an excellent student. He was bright and achieved even more than his teachers asked of him. He became the local correspondent for a New York newspaper. He wrote articles encouraging blacks to take political action. He graduated among the top students, those with hopes of going on to colleges like Harvard.

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