Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | August 27, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—August 28, 2009: Of Our Spiritual Strivings

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) was an American sociologist, civil rights leader, author, and a founding member of the NAACP.  He was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University and had over 4,000 publications during his career.

This week’s text is his essay, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” from The Souls of Black Folk, 1903.  It is an answer to the question, “How does it feel to be a problem?” In the essay, Du Bois discussed Black identity and “double consciousness”, which he described as a conflict between self-identity and the Black stereotype portrayed by White America.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Du Bois’ text at these websites:

http://www.bartleby.com/114/1.html

http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=DubSoul.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=1&division=div1

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