W.E.B. Dubois: His Vision For Freedom

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African Americans during the 1900s lived lives full of uncertainty. They were no longer slaves, but still looked upon by many as inferior to the white race. However in this period of tension, there were men who sought to bring their race to new heights. One of these men was W.E.B Du Bois. Few have influenced the lives of African Americans in such a way as W.E.B Du Bois. The vision he had for African Americans was one that many found great hope in. He sought for the day that his race for finally have civil equality in every aspect of life.
In the time of Du Bois, African Americans may have been considered free but still lacked many civil liberties, that the whites were easily granted. One ...view middle of the document...

If they spoke out long enough then the whites wold eventually have to change their beliefs and let the African American people have their voice in politics.
Including the right to vote, Du Bois also hoped that his people would one day be able to achieve an equal education. To Du Bois “ education [was] the development of power and ideal” (NSM 2). If African Americans could not reach this they would never in the eyes of the whites be seen as equal. He wanted his people to been seen as bright and capable. He refused the idea that little black boys and girls should be trained as nothing more then servants. African Americans deserved to get a real education yes, “[they were] workers, but work [was] not necessarily education” (NMS 2). To Du Bois education meant more then skill to work as a laborer it meant his race would have a brighter future ahead of them. They could take what they had learned in school and with it would be able to gain jobs, and a relatively satisfying living, they would be seen as more of an equal to the whites, they after all had the “right to know, to think, to aspire” (NMS 2). Without an education blacks were merely playing into the stereotype they had been caste. An education could change this they would no longer be seen as criminals. Du Bois does mention though that of the African Americans to graduate from college “over half are teachers, a sixth are preachers, another sixth are students and professional men” (TTT 6) and so on, illustrating very well the African Americans who go to college do benefit, and his hope for his people was not out of reach. Yes, educating the black race “ was ... a very difficult undertaking [but] also very important one” (TTT 8). Du Bois hoped that his people could see this realize the opportunities that were waiting for them if they could gain the same education that is granted to the whites. However seeing it, and accomplishing it were two very different things. Du Bois saw that the only way for his people to gain education was by voting and “persistent, unceasing agitation” (NSM 2). If the African American people...

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