Who is this?
W.E.B. Dubois is the author of the famous book The Souls of Black Folk and is the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. Along with his academic excellences, he was a sociologist and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People better known as the NAACP. As a sociologist, he looked at the idea of race and the sociological effects it had on African Americans; through his studies he discovered this element of “double consciousness”.
This principle talks about how people of dual heritage (especially people in America with multiple ethnic backgrounds) having to juggle what it means to be American and also what it means to be their respective heritage. In his own words he writes “it is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”
The Three Successful takeaways from Dubois
- Perseverance will forever be a principle of success: Dubois graduated from Harvard in 1909 during a time of amidst racism and was the first African American to do so.
- Look to understand yourself then solve the problems that are weighing you and others down: His ability to discover the double consciousness principle can only be achieved by his ability to look inside to find what was conflicting himself. Take pride in self inventory!
- Believe In What You Stand For: Dubois was a progressive civil rights activist and helped establish the NAACP. Regardless if you have the popular opinion or not make the decision to go with your gut when you know what you are talking about.
“Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.” – W.E.B. Dubois