"William Edward Burghardt" ""W. E. B."" "Du Bois" was an American Sociology/sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanism/Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous writers! More W. E. B. Du Bois on Wikipedia.