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

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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