Sunday, November 30, 2008
W.E.B. Du Bois's Dream has Came True!
The Historic election of President Elect Barack Obama is a dream come true. The Dream of so many African American leaders through out the course of history. Many people believe that his Victory is the embodiment of Martin Luther King's dream. I agree, but before King this was the dream of another Great African American Leader: W.E.B. DuBois.
Arguably the Greatest African American of his time, W.E.B. DuBois was the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN to gain a PhD from Harvard. Co Founder of the NAACP, DuBois lead the fight for Civil Rights, and Social Equality in every walk of life. He believed that the only thing holding back most African Americans was White Prejudice. His FIGHT was to put an end to Racism and Social Inequality. He is regarded as one of the brightest men of his era.
He rejected the notion that African American were inferior and in fact he himself proved that we weren't inferior by his many accomplishments. He challenged African Americans to get an Education. He believed as did Booker T. Washington that education was the TRUE EQUALIZER. They differed about what do with the education once you got it. Booker T. Washington believed that education was important in the sense that we had to prove to Whites that we had the ability to do the same jobs they were doing through hard work and determination.
W.E.B. DuBois argued that we should take our education and use it as a tool to advance Civil Rights, political and social issues such as equal rights and the end to Jim Crow laws put in place after Reconstruction. He believed that the "Talented Tenth" of the African American population (those educated African American Elite) had a obligation to see to the advancement of the African American Community as a whole including social reform and seeking political offices. He believed that The Talented Tenth should be Vocal Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Barack Obama is one of those Talented Tenth. Also a Harvard Grad, Barack Obama was the First African American President of the Law Review a very huge accomplishment. Like DuBois, Obama inspires and urges African Americans to get a education and to be active in their communities. W.E.B. DuBois would have been very proud of Barack Obama. Although we as a people still have a long way to go having Barack Obama as a True Leader that we all can look up will only speed up that process.
Martin Luthur King Jr. wrote of DuBois, "History cannot ignore W.E.B. DuBois because history has to reflect truth and Dr. DuBois was a tireless explorer and a gifted discoverer of social truths. His singular greatness lay in his quest for truth about his own people. There were very few scholars who concerned themselves with honest study of the black man and he sought to fill this immense void. The degree to which he succeeded disclosed the great dimensions of the man."
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 8:53 AM