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W.E.B. DuBois: Civil Rights Activist, Author, Historian

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
W.E.B. Du Bois, a biracial African-American, lead a remarkable, controversial life. During his ninety-five years he was able to obtain his education, teach and encourage other African-Americans into leadership roles. He was the organizer and founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), which has been one of the leading Civil Rights organizations for over 100 years. I am pleased to say that I was elected and served as president of an NAACP chapter in Connecticut. When Du Bois was director of publicity and research for the NAACP he began the publication of "The Crisis", a NAACP monthly magazine. I do believe in some of my boxes with mementos of the past I have some copies of "The Crisis." Du Bois' staunch support of equal rights for African-Americans led to conflict with Booker T. Washington. Booker believed that the struggle for equal rights should be placed on the back burner and the emphasis should be placed on obtaining job skills. This must have been a difficult time for W.E. B. Du Bois when he was openly attacked by Washington. It is interesting to note that he died August 27, 1963, the day before the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. This is part of the "Biographies of Biracial Achievers" series. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—These biographies offer engaging overviews of these people's lives and achievements. Readers will be drawn to the appealing layout of this series. Full-color photos appear throughout, with the exception, of course, of W.E.B. Du Bois; they are in black and white or a sepia tone. Derek Jeter has some exceptional action shots that will excite young baseball fans. The sidebars flow well with the texts, allowing for a more natural read. The theme of the series is how these individuals were able to overcome the prejudices toward their race and make great achievements, but Jeter doesn't even mention the athlete's race again after it describes his heritage. Prince does elaborate on the entertainer's struggles with race. There are a few minor errors, such as a contradiction of dates in Carey, but even so, libraries needing updated biographies on these individuals might consider these volumes.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422216187
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Transcending Race in America Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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