William Edward Burghardt Du Boise was born in Mass. On Feb 23, 1868. He was a graduate from Fisk University in 1888. He received his doctorate at Harvard University in 1890. He became an educator and taught at such universities as Wilberforce, and Atlanta. He was a professor of Greek, Latin, Economics and History. His education carried over to writing. He was director of publications of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and founding editor of its magazine CRISIS. Of negro descent, he was written widely on the Negro in the United States. His books include: The Souls of Black Folk, John Brown, Darkwater, Black Reconstruction, Dusk of Dawn, Color and Democracy, The World and Africa, and In Battle for Peace.