Born #tdih 1868: William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois, one of most important scholars of 20th century. Sociologist, historian, Pan-Africanist, author, editor; co-founder of @NAACP, leader of Niagara Movement, and editor of NAACP’s @thecrisismag.…
"One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. . . The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that . . . it paints perfect man & noble nations, but it does not tell the truth." ― W.E.B. DuBois
"The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery." -- W. E. B. Du Bois | To #TeachReconstruction, begin w/ Du Bois's "Black Reconstruction in America," 1st published in 1935. #peopleshistory #teachoutsidetextbook…
"At first [the American Negro] was driven from the polls in the South by mobs and violence; and then he was openly cheated; finally by a ‘Gentlemen’s agreement’ with the North," -- @NAACP petition to UN, by W.E.B. Du Bois & others. #TeachVotingRights See⬇️…
"It is not Russia that threatens the U.S. so much as Mississippi…[I]nternal injustice done to one’s brothers is far more dangerous than the aggression of strangers from abroad." -- @NAACP petition to U.N., by W. E. B. Du Bois & others about lynching, segregation, and much more.
As described in this article by @VincentIntondi, W. E. B. Du Bois was outspoken against nuclear weapons. #BlackHistoryMonth…
Learn much more about W. E. B. Du Bois and find dozens of photos in "W. E. B. Du Bois: The Prime Minister of the State We Never Had" by Bill Strickland online at @SchomburgCenter here:… As the Cold War intensified, the Council on African Affairs

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#tdih 1951, Paul Robeson submitted a petition (edited by William Patterson) to the U.N. titled, “We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People,” signed by almost 100 U.S. intellectuals and activists.…
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[One of countless examples of the white supremacist goals/purpose of "Cold War" and McCarthyism.]
U.S. corporate media gave scant coverage to the petition or the crimes it documented. The few Gov't officials who commented on the petition described it as “Communist propaganda.” Elsewhere in world [& in US Black press] it was well received & extensively covered in the press.
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#tdih 1969. Assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark -- shot to death by police in their Chicago apartment. #terrorism

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