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1 .   February 12, 1909

The NAACP was founded on this date in 1909 after riots in Springfield, IL. With W. E. B. Du Bois as one of its chief organizers, the group originally fought to abolish forced segregation and enforce the 14th and 15th Amendments.

2 .   February 19, 1919

W. E. B. Du Bois, activist, author, and educator, organized the first Pan African Congress in Paris on this date in 1919. The treatment of black soldiers who were fighting in World War I was a major topic that was addressed.

3 .   February 23, 1868

W. E. B. Du Bois, activist, author, and educator, was born in Great Barrington, MA, on this date in 1868.

4 .   March 27, 1977

Shirley Graham Du Bois, widow of W. E. B. Du Bois, died in China on this date in 1977.

5 .   April 25, 1945

Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche, Mary McLeod Bethune, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Walter Francis White attended the conference in San Francisco, CA, that led to the founding of the United Nations on this date in 1945.

6 .   June 1, 1920

W. E. B. Du Bois, activist, author, and educator, received the 6th NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1920 for founding the Pan African Congress.

7 .   July 11, 1905

Black intellectuals and activists, including W. E. B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, organized the Niagara Movement at a meeting near Niagara Falls on this date in 1905. The organization demanded the abolition of all distinctions based on race.

8 .   July 23, 1900

The Pan-African Congress first met in London on this date in 1900. Among the leaders of this meeting were H. Sylvester Williams, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Bishop Alexander Walters.

9 .   July 28, 1917

The New York City Fifth Avenue March, a march organized by the NAACP with 10,000 blacks marching in silent protest of lynchings and racial inequalities, was held on this date in 1917. W. E. B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson were leaders in the march.

10 .   August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois, activist, author, and educator, died in Ghana, West Africa, on this date in 1963, one day before the "March on Washington."

11 .   November 1, 1910

W. E. B. Du Bois, activist, author, and educator, published the first issue of the NAACP monthly magazine, Crisis, on this date in 1910.

12 .   December 22, 1943

W. E. B. Du Bois, activist, author, and educator, became the first black member of the National Institute of Letters on this date in 1943.

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