Day 23: Black History Month – W.E.B. DuBois – 1 of Pan-Africanist Fathers

W.E.B. Du Bois is one of the father’s of the pan-African movement. His philosophy is as important as Marcus Garvey’s.

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in the United States. His hometown was Great Barrington in the state of Maryland.

Du Bois was born on the 23rd of February 1868.

Pan-African philosophy centers around the principle that people of African descent across the globe must cooperate towards shared socioeconomic goals. Du Bois was one of the first people of African descent to express this desire on behalf of Africans.

Du Bois encouraged people of African descent to work hard towards freedom.

Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.

On the 19th of February in 1919 Du Bois organised the first Pan-African Congress. This congress was a culmination of events where Africans planned to end European colonialism in the African continent. Meetings took place in Paris, London, Manchester, Dar es Salaam and other cities throughout the globe.

Many Africans are unaware that the freedoms we earned after colonialism are also due to the result of our African Sisters and Brothers who live in the Diaspora.

Du Bois was a leader in trying to free Africa from abroad.

He was also the first person of African descent to receive a PhD degree from Harvard University.

Before his death Du Bois returned to Ghana. He lived his last days in Africa and was laid to rest here.

Significantly, Stevie Wonder is also returning to Ghana.

Like Marcus Garvey, Du Bois hoped that African people would unite as a continent and across borders where ever people of African descent are found.