W. E. B. Du Bois
William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (1868 – 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil-rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. He rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. He was a proponent of Pan-Africanism and helped organize several Pan-African Congresses to fight for independence of African colonies from European powers. His collection of essays, The Souls of Black Folk (1903), was a seminal work in African-American literature. The United States' Civil Rights Act, embodying many of the reforms for which Du Bois had campaigned his entire life, was enacted a year after his death.
By W. E. B. Du Bois
Introduction by Vann R. Newkirk II
Illustrations by Steve Prince
Restless Classics presents The Souls of Black Folk: W. E. B. Du Bois’s seminal work of sociology, with searing insights into our complex, corrosive relationship with race and the African-American consciousness. Reconsidered for the era of Obama, Trump, and Black Lives Matter, the new edition includes an incisive introduction from rising cultural critic Vann R. Newkirk II and stunning illustrations by the artist Steve Prince.
Paperback List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632060976 • Publication: 2/7/17 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 208 pages • Sociology: African-American Studies / Discrimination and Race Relations • Territory: World • Nonmerch ISBN: 9781632061461 • eBook ISBN: 9781632060983
Essence publishes Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II's striking introduction to the Restless Classics edition of The Souls of Black Folk with the riveting illustrations of printmaker Steve Prince.
Stunningly illustrated by master printmaker Steve Prince, the Restless Classics' edition of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois comes out in February, in time for Black History Month. Get a preview of Prince's linoleum cuts below, and preorder the book to reacquaint yourself with a seminal work on race in America.