Archives For W.E.B. DuBois


Tomorrow (Feb. 23) marks the 150th anniversary of WEB DuBois’s birth. 

DuBois was a prominent sociologist and the co-founder of the NAACP.

Here are a few books and audio resources that serve as an excellent intro to his life and work:

(As told to Moses Asch)

This is the extraordinary life of W.E.B. DuBois in his own words, and recorded in his own voice. The autobiographical account begins at age seventeen as DuBois left Massachusetts to attend Fisk University in 1885, and ends in the 1940s as DuBois describes his struggles with the NAACP. Each experience that DuBois shares is marked by his perception of the racial environment that encompassed it and he portrays how his identity and reactions were affected. 

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In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

We’ve asked a number of noted writers to pick the classics that they often return to, and we will be running these lists as a weekly feature on our website through 2013.


This week’s post in the series is by Carol Howard Merritt.

Writers on the Classics:
[ #1 – Shane Claiborne ] [ #6 (Last Week) – Chris Smith ]


Carol Howard Merritt is a conference speaker, the author of Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation and Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation and the cohost of God Complex Radio. She has been a pastor for 13 years, serving growing Presbyterian Churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and in an urban neighborhood in D.C. She also served as a pastor at Western Presbyterian Church, an intergenerational congregation in Washington, D.C.  Her blog Tribal Church is hosted by the Christian Century.

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