The W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture

by Kojo Pocu
W.E.B. DU BOIS MEMORIAL CENTRE

The W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture is located in the heart of Accra and houses the tomb and gravesite of W.E.B. Du Bois, a former African-American Pan Africanist, as well as his wife’s ashes.

The institution also houses a library and a museum, as well as a prominent research center on African development. The former scholar’s belongings, which are thought vital in portraying the life narrative of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s formerly strong ally, are housed in the museum area of the facility.

Books, manuscripts, letters, and articles authored by Dr. Du Bois during his lifetime are also housed in the library area of the center. All of his key scholarly works are stored here, and academics who examine them for academic purposes use them. An inscription from one of his most famous poems, “Children from the Moon,” is put on a plaque at the center’s entrance.

Du Bois’ Relationship with Ghana and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

W.E.B. Du Bois was an African-American academic and civil rights activist who fought and spoke out against racism and mistreatment of Africans in general in the United States. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the then-president of Ghana, persuaded him to help develop the Encyclopedia Africana, a special encyclopedia on African history, in 1961.

Du Bois, who had heard of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s fame and adored him from afar, accepted the offer and came to Ghana to fulfill it. After renounceing his US citizenship and choosing Ghana as his home nation, he became Nkrumah’s personal secretary. In 1963, two years after coming in Ghana, he became ill and died.

Du Bois and his second wife, Shirley, lived in the portion of the W.E.B Du Bois memorial Centre that now functions as a museum.

W.E.B. DU BOIS MEMORIAL CENTRE

W.E.B Du Bois Civil Right

In many nations, initiatives to combat racial and gender discrimination grew in power during the early decades of the twentieth century. In response to European imperialism, a Pan-African movement arose, and African Americans devised a variety of ways to combat racial discrimination in the United States. W.E.B. Du Bois, a Harvard University-educated scholar, became a leading advocate for civil rights and Pan-African unity among Africans and African descendants around the world. While educator Booker T. Washington emphasized economic development without openly challenging the Jim Crow system, W.E.B. Du Bois, a Harvard University-educated scholar, became a leading advocate for civil rights and Pan-African unity among Africans and African descendants around the world.

In 1909, Du Bois and other African American activists formed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which went on to become the country’s most durable civil rights organization. The NAACP, led by Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Thurgood Marshall, and others, exposed racial injustices and filed lawsuits to ensure that Black Americans were treated equally in education, employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Various organisations competed with the NAACP, presenting alternate solutions for racial improvement. The threat of a march on Washington, D.C. by labor leader A. Philip Randolph prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to sign an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination in the wartime defense sector in 1941. To resist segregation in Northern cities, the interracial Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) engaged in small-scale civil disobedience.

W.E.B. Du Bois quotes

“Beneath the Veil lay right and wrong, vengeance and love, and sometimes throwing aside the veil, a soul of sweet Beauty and Truth stood revealed.” “I believe in pride of race and lineage and self; in pride of self so deep as to scorn injustice to other selves.”

”Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.”

‘’To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.’

”Rule-following, legal precedence, and political consistency are not more important than right, justice and plain common-sense.’’

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