About W. E. B. DuBois

Sociologist, civil rights campaigner, historian, Harvard graduate, anti-war activist, academic, essayist, novelist, communist and, of course, poet, W.E.B. DuBois was passionately committed to fighting prejudice and racism in America throughout his long life.

The co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and of the Pan-African movement, Dubois spent much of his academic career at the University of Atlanta. He wrote over twenty books, edited fifteen more and published over a hundred articles and essays in a tireless effort to gain equal treatment for black people in a world dominated by whites and to refute the myths of racial inferiority.

In his nineties, he became a citizen of Ghana, which is where he died in 1963, and was given a state funeral. In America, fifty years after his death, he is remembered and revered as the outstanding African?American intellectual of the first half of the twentieth century.

Poems by W. E. B. DuBois

The Song of The Smoke

Read by Patience Agbabi

The Song of The Smoke - W. E. B. DuBois - Read by Patience Agbabi