My research during the fellowship zeroed in on connections between the work of W. E. B. Du Bois and the black freedom struggle in Texas. A regular visitor to the Lone Star State, Texas figured significantly into Du Bois’s publications and political activism. Throughout his life, Du Bois spoke boldly against vicious expressions of white supremacy in Texas even as he highlighted black Texans’ principled protests over the insidious entrenchment of Jim Crow.
I presented two lectures in conjunction with this fellowship. The first presentation held at the Gregory School, “W. E. B. Du Bois and Racial Justice in the Lone Star State,” detailed Du Bois’s connections to African Americans in Texas. The second presentation, an academic lecture at Rice University titled “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Freedom Struggle in Texas” chronicled Du Bois’s written reflections on Texas.
I am currently revising these lectures for publication.
The flyer comes courtesy of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University. A big thanks to Dr. Anthony Pinn and the CERCL staff, along with Gregory School director Hellena Stokes and the fantastic archivists at the Gregory School.