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Dr. William Edward Burghardt DuBois (W.E.B. DuBois)

b. 1868 - d. 1963

W. E. B. DuBois, the first person of African descent to earn a doctorate from Harvard, was a professor of history and sociology at Atlanta University and researcher on the conditions of blacks in America. His classic The Souls of Black Folk (1903) is often cited by African American intellectuals as the work that most influenced them. He was the first editor of Phylon, Atlanta University’s scholarly journal on race and culture. A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), DuBois edited The Crisis for 23 years. A socialist and opponent of imperialism in Africa, DuBois was indicted by the U.S. Justice Department for refusing to register as a foreign agent. He expatriated to Ghana, where he died on the eve of the 1963 March on Washington. Dr. King noted “History cannot ignore W. E. B. DuBois because history has to reflect truth and Dr. DuBois was a tireless explorer and a gifted discoverer of social truths.”

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Address by MLK to the Hungry Club

Dr. King addresses the members of The Hungry Club on the dilemma of "Negroes" obtaining complete equality. He refers to several passages from his "I Have a Dream" speech.

America's Chief Moral Dilemma

Dr. King's address to the Hungry Club highlights an array of issues that relate to America's "Moral Dilemma." Dr. King explains the three major evil dilemmas that face the nation: war, poverty, and racism.

Gift from James Allen to MLK

In this letter, James Allen, of International Publishers, presents to Dr. King a copy of "The Autobiography of W.E.B. DuBois."

Letter from Mr. Ossie Davis to MLK

Mr. Ossie Davis suggests to Dr. King that a tribute be prepared to honor the life of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois. Mr. Davis then asks Dr. King for his assistance in gaining sponsorship from "distinguished men and women."

Operation Breadbasket As Vision, Promise and Hope

This report discusses the socio-economic position of Negroes as it relates to education achievement, employment opportunities, and access to power and societal institutions.