Today in labor history: W.E.B. Du Bois dies in Ghana

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On this day in 1963 on the eve of the historic March on Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois died in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Du Bois was the foremost African American scholar and activist of the 20th century. Du Bois helped found the Niagra Movement, the NAACP and led five Pan African Congresses. He edited the Crisis Magazine, the Encyclopedia Africana and authored several books among them three autobiographies. He moved to Ghana two years earlier at the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's president. Prior to moving to Ghana Dr. Du Bois joined the Communist Party saying, "Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all. Communism the effort to give all men what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute, this is the only way of human life."

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  • A multitude of thanks is due to the CPUSA and the PW for covering W. E. B. Du Bois's death as a labor issue and event.
    To many, this would be considered questionable and controversial.
    To those we must ask:


    1. Was chattel slavery a labor issue?

    2. Was civil rights and responsibilities a
    labor issue?

    3. Was African, Indian(east) and Chinese
    liberation a labor issue?
    More:

    4. Why was the genius of Du
    Bois as economist, sociologist,
    psychologist, historian, theologian,
    literary and law expert(and we are
    wont to call only Marx and Engels
    polymaths, not Du Bois and Robeson)
    focused on these very three issues
    above? How important are they today?

    The present writer would entreat and challenge all workers and communists to read one of Du Bois's last poems-from his Ghanaian resting place- called, Ghana Calls, dedicated to Kwame Nkrumah.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 08/29/2012 9:17am (2 years ago)

  • A multitude of thanks is due to the CPUSA and the PW for covering W. E. B. Du Bois's death as a labor issue and event.
    To many, this would be considered questionable and controversial.
    To those we must ask:


    1. Was chattel slavery a labor issue?

    2. Was civil rights and responsibilities a
    labor issue?

    3. Was African, Indian(east) and Chinese
    liberation a labor issue?
    More:

    4. Why was the genius of Du
    Bois as economist, sociologist,
    psychologist, historian, theologian,
    literary and law expert(and we are
    wont to call only Marx and Engels
    polymaths, not Du Bois and Robeson)
    focused on these very three issues
    above? How important are they today?

    The present writer would entreat and challenge all workers and communists to read one of Du Bois's last poems-from his Ghanaian resting place- called, Ghana Calls, dedicated to Kwame Nkrumah.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 08/28/2012 11:46am (2 years ago)

  • He authored many, many books.

    Posted by James Smethurst, 08/27/2012 4:22pm (2 years ago)

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