February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963 – W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B Du Bois died on August 27, 1963 at age 95 in Accra, Ghana. Du Bois was a historian, civil rights activist, sociologist, author, editor and Pan-Africanist. He in 1909 was also one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Du Bois is noted nationally as being a leader of an organization of African Americans who wanted equal rights for African Americans, which was called the Niagara Movement. He became the first African American member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters on June 22, 1943. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.