Today is the birthday of W. E. B. DuBois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963).  DuBois made numerous contributions to sociology. For example, his book, The Philadelphia Negro, is a classic case of research that combines both quantitative and qualitative data. His most famous work, The Souls of Black Folk, provides core insights into the operations of race in the United States including observations about the color line, the veil, and twoness.

He made many other contributions, as well, including the fact that DuBois was one of the co-founders of the NAACP (they have a bio here). Also, WEBDuBois.org has additional links.

In one of my favorite DuBois quotes, he calls us to be more than just a “car-window sociologist.”  It is not enough, he suggests, to devote “the few leisure hours of a holiday trip to unravelling the snarl of centuries” (from Souls of Black Folk).

A treasure trove of DuBois photos is available at the UMass DuBois Photos collection.

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