If you’re talking about scholars, you need to discuss W.E.B. Du Bois. Let’s just say, if knowledge is power, he was might strong. W.E.B. Du Bois is one of the most well-known African American activists in the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and was the first African American to earn a Ph. D from Harvard University. It is said that when Du Bois went to Harvard they would not accept his Fisk University four year degree, and that he was not allowed on campus after 6:00 pm, but, he still managed to receive his doctorate from one of the most prestigious universities in our country. Talk about resilient.
Soon, Mr. Du Bois published his ground-breaking study, which was the first case study of an African American community, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. He coined the phrase “the talented tenth” in this study, describing the odds of only one in 10 black men becoming leaders of their race.
So I guess it is almost needless to say that when I think of Mr. Du Bois I think of a scholar. I am inspired to be scholastic, and not just in education, but in life in general. Think about it, if he could obtain his doctorate with no odds in his favor, what can we accomplish now with our odds?
Education is the development of power and ideal. – W. E. B. Du Bois
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