W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute

The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University has experienced a most colorful history since its establishment in 1975. After a protracted struggle for its very existence, the first home of the Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research was in Canaday B, a new dormitory in Harvard Yard. After a few years, and a great deal of lobbying, the Institute moved to somewhat more generous digs at 44 Brattle Street, over the Harvest Restaurant. When Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. arrived at Harvard in 1991 with a mandate to assemble a worldclass team in Afro-American Studies, they took up residence at busy 1414 Massachusetts Avenue, over CVS and next to the Harvard Coop. In 1997, the Institute achieved a dramatically new kind of status at the university, sharing a space with the Department of Afro-American Studies in the newly refurbished Barker Humanities Center at 12 Quincy Street.  Finally, in 2005, the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute moved to its permanent home at 104 Mount Auburn Street.

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The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Announces Second Class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Cambridge, MA (April 15) — Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed twenty-three first-rate Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“We are delighted to welcome one of our most distinguished and diverse class of Fellows of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center,” said Gates.

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Globe Magazine article on Peniel Joseph's new book

I’m teaching a civil rights course this semester, and some of my students have asked about [the 1987 TV series] Eyes on the Prize. I remember the premiere of part two, when I was in high school. That really was the first time Stokely Carmichael got into my imagination; that cemented it.

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100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: Who Designed the March on Washington?

If you had been a bus captain en route to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, you would have known who its organizing genius was, and you wouldn't have been surprised to see his picture on the cover of Life magazine a week later. Yet of all the leaders of the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin lived and worked in the deepest shadows, not because he was a closeted gay man, but because he wasn't trying to hide who he was. That, combined with his former ties to the Community Party, was considered to be a liability.

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100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: What Was the 'I Have a Dream' Speech, Really?

So effective was King in tying the memory of Lincoln to the cause of civil rights that most of us now see the Lincoln Memorial as the obvious site, the holiest of holy places, where history and racial progress meet. So, it was -- it had to be -- the perfect backdrop for the ultimate barrier breaker, Barack Obama, to stand on the eve of his inauguration in 2009. Yet, as we shall see, there was nothing inevitable about the choice of the Lincoln Memorial as the logical place for racial protests throughout the early 20th century, or as the staging ground for Dr.

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