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100-hour marathon celebrates W.E.B. DuBois

It’s been 100 years since W. E. B. DuBois published The Souls of Black Folk, and Miami is celebrating with a 100-hour marathon of lectures reflecting on his work.

“Celebrating The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections” will run from 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, through 9 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Center for Black Culture and Learning in Warfield Hall.

Faculty, staff and students will speak on W. E. B. DuBois, noted sociologist, author and civil rights leader who lived from 1868–1963. His The Souls of Black Folk has been called “one of the most prophetic and influential works in American literature,” “a collection of essays that exposed the magnitude of racism in society while celebrating the strength of Black America.”

“The book has endured 100 years because of the truth and accuracy of DuBois’ prediction that ‘the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line — the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea,’” says Rodney Coates, professor of sociology, director of the black world studies program and marathon coordinator. “DuBois believed that unless we were willing to have an open discussion regarding issues of the Western world’s problems dealing with race, ethnicity, xenophobia and distrust, we would continue to rediscover the ‘problem.’”

Faculty from the departments/programs of anthropology, black world studies, communication, educational leadership, educational psychology, English, geography, history, international studies, political science, sociology, women’s studies, interdisciplinary studies and the Miami libraries, are among those lecturing.

The historical celebration at Miami is available for credit to students who attend and prepare a critical reflection paper. Grading will be based on attendance, participation and the paper.

The marathon is co-sponsored by the department of black world studies, office of multicultural student enrichment, Association of Black Faculty and Staff, Miami University College Democrats, Black Student Action Association, National Pan-Hellenic Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
For more information, contact Coates at

Date Published: 03/27/2003
Volume: 22   Number: 30


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