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The 400 Legacy Project
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Preserving our Legacy
W.E.B. Dubois DAY
PRESERVING EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP, CULTURE
Recognizing The Elite Leaders in Education, Culture, and Arts
Objective: To Advocate for Education, Arts & Culture
William Edward Burghardt DuBois, better known as W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His great-grandfather was a slave owner and his great-grandmother was one of the slaves.
In 1895, W.E.B. DuBois became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Not long after, DuBois moved to Philadelphia, living off of 6th and South, where a historical marker now stands. There, he published his landmark study — the first case study of an African-American community — "The Philadelphia Negro":
A Social Study, marking the beginning of his expansive writing career. In the study, he coined the phrase "the talented tenth," a term that describes the likelihood of one in 10 black men becoming leaders of their race. DuBois wrote extensively and was the best-known spokesperson for African-American rights during the first half of the 20th century.
W.E.B. Dubois Day
City Council of Philadelphia
We salute the life and mission of the late W.E.B. Dubois. To preserve his legacy The 400 Youth Ambassadors created the W.E.B. Dubois Day. He dedicated his life to educating the community. In his honor, we acknowledge the leaders in our community that make a difference in the lives of others through
Education, Leadership, and Culture.