Biography of W.E.B. Du Bois Focus of Today’s KAZI Book Review
W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the most prolific African American authors, scholars, and leaders of the twentieth century. Tune in at 8 a.m. CST to KAZI Book Review for my interview with Shawn Leigh Alexander, author of W.E.B. DU BOIS: An American Intellectual and Activist.
In Shawn Alexander’s concise biography, he explores Du Bois’s racial strategy, civil rights activity, journalistic career, and his role as an international spokesman. The book also captures Du Bois’s life as a historian, sociologist, artist, propagandist, and peace activist, while providing space for the voices of his chief critics: Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Walter White, the Young Turks of the NAACP—not to mention the federal government’s characterization of his ever-radicalizing beliefs, particularly after World War II.
Shawn Leigh Alexander is associate professor and graduate director of African and African American studies and director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas, where he specializes in African American social and intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His books include An Army of Lions: The Struggle for Civil Rights before the NAACP (2012) and a collection on racial violence after the Civil War, Reconstruction Violence and the Ku Klux Klan Hearings(2015).