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W. E. B. Du Bois
(1868-1963) born on
Feb 23
US writer, social reformer. He was prominent in the early movement for racial equality and helped create the NAACP, 1909.
Histories of the world omitted China; if a Chinaman invented compass or movable type or gunpowder we promptly "forgot it" and named their European inventors. In short, we regarded China as a sort of different and quite inconsequential planet.

I believe in pride of race and lineage and self: in pride of self so deep as to scorn injustice to other selves.
When in this world a man comes forward with a thought, a deed, a vision, we ask not how does he look, but what is his message?. . . The world still wants to ask that a woman primarily be pretty . . . .
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
The shadow of a mighty Negro past flits through the tale of Ethiopia and of the Egypt the Sphinx. Throughout history, the powers of single blacks flash like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Seventh Son, vol. 2, "China" (1971; first published Feb. 1912).
R: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
A: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
N: "The Souls of Black Folk," ch. 1, 1903.
K: "The Souls of Black Folk," ch. 1, 1903.

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