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W.E.B. DuBois was born in 1868 in Massachusetts, was educated at Fisk University and received a Ph.D. from Harvard . He became a professor of economics and history at Atlanta University where he was able to learn first-hand about the problems faced by southern blacks and the solutions offered by Booker T. Washington. While DuBois agreed with the importance of education and the value of job skills, he did not agree with short-term economic gains as a means to racial equality. DuBois believed that blacks should not accept second-class status and should fight for equality through political action . He also believed that relying on whites to improve the conditions of the Negro race was the wrong approach. Instead, DuBois emphasized the need for black leaders to pave the way . While job training was acceptable for many, it was not enough. Some blacks, which DuBois referred to as the “Talented Tenth,” had to become well- educated professionals such as doctors, lawyers, professors , and more to be leaders and role-models for their people.
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