"There is no Dream but Deed. There is no Deed but Memory." ~W. E. B. Du Bois
The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. On his birthday in February, it was fitting that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship: Dr. Du Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent as a professor at Atlanta University.
Serving as faculty of the Departments of History and Economics, he taught at Atlanta University from 1897 to 1910, then returned from 1934 to 1944 as chair of the Department of Sociology. Dr. Du Bois also had impact in the area of social work and as a novelist, poet and short story writer.
In 2012, Clark Atlanta University hosted a year-long seminar on the major works of Du Bois. The CAU President, Provost, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and AWH Department Chair engaged in a sustained consideration of Du Boisian texts in preparation for the 2013 Conference. Over 50 faculty from CAU, Atlanta University Center, Metro-Atlanta Universities and alumni from several institutions participated.
The 2013 W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference served as a meeting at the crossroads of various paths of Du Bois’s work. Conference participants engaged in an interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life, scholarship and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century.
We thank scholars of all levels for joining in our ongoing Sankofa sojourn. The CAU Du Bois Legacy Project brings recognition of the most profound, relevant and complex scholar of our generation home to the HBCU where he spent his academic career.
The Du Bois Legacy Project was initiated and organized by Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans, chair of the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women's Studies and History (AWH), with the support of CAU President Carlton E. Brown and the participation of a broad-based coalition of Clark Atlanta University students, staff, administrators, and faculty. The legacy continues with the leadership and support of Dr. Obie Clayton, chair of the Sociology Department.
In November 2014, publication of the Phylon: Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture marked the completion of the project. Like dedication of the Du Bois sculpture to the CAU campus, re-launching the Phylon journal signified a final, tangible cornerstone of the institutionalization of Du Bois' legacy at the university to which he had already given so much.
In May 2015, the Sonia Sanchez Peace Benches were dedicated to the CAU campus. That year, Dr. Evans hosted a panel celebrating the release of S. O. S. Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader," featuring Professors Sonia Sanchez, John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst.
To close the Du Bois project, a Black History Month program was hosted in February 2016 with the them of Afrofuturism. Featured speakers included Ytasha Womak (author of Afrofuturism and CAU alumna) and the legendary artist John Jennings.
This site serves as an archive of the project from January 2012 to February 2016.
January 20, 2012
January 20, 2012
January 26, 2012
February 24, 2012
2012 Du Bois Major Work Series
VIEW BIOS HERE
Jan 20, 2012
SOUL OF DU BOIS: A CAU PERSPECTIVE
The Souls of Black Folk (1903); The Gift of Black Folk (1924)
February 24, 2012
The Study of the Negro Problems (1898); The Philadelphia Negro (1899); Bibliography of the Negro American (1905); Select Discussion of Race Problems (1916)
March 23, 2012
CRIME & HEALTH
Some Notes on Negro Crime, Particularly in Georgia (1904); Health and Physique (1906)
April 27, 2012
LITERATURE & ART
The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911); Dark Princess: A Romance (1928); The Negro Artisan (1902 & 1912)
July 13, 2012
The Autobiographies: Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil (1920), Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (1940), and The Autobiography of W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (International publishers,1968)
August 31, 2012
The World and Africa, an Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History (1946/ 1965); Africa, Its Geography, People and Products: Its Place in Modern History (1930)
September 21, 2012
RECONSTRUCTION & RESISTANCE
John Brown: A Biography (1909); Black Reconstruction: An Essay towar
d a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880 (1935)
October 26, 2012
CHURCH, FAMILY & UPLIFT
Some Efforts of American Negroes for Their Own Social Betterment (1897 & 1909); Morals and Manners (1914); The Negro Church (1903); The Family (1908)
January 25, 2013
College Bred Negro (1900 & 1910); The Common School (1901 & 1911)
February 22, 2013
BLACK FOLK, THEN & NOW
The Negro (1915); Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)
KEYNOTE | THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA | AMIRI BARAKA
Dr. Anne Adams, Professor Emerita, Cornell University former Director Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Studies (Ghana)
Dr. Derrick Alridge, University of Virginia
Dr. Bernard Bell, Professor Emeriti, Pennsylvania State University
Professor John Bracey, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dr. Scot Brown, University of California-Los Angeles
Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua, University of Illinois & NCBS President
Dr. Sheila Flemming-Hunter, ASALH President Emerita
Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham, Harvard University
Dr. Gerald Horne, University of Houston
Dr. Joy James, Williams College
Dr. Shelby Lewis, CAU Professor Emerita, Former Fulbright Board Vice Chair, J. W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Member
Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan, Wellesley College
Mr. Louis Massiah, Filmmaker, Scribe Video Center
Dr. MaryNell Morgan, CAU Alumna Empire State College
Dr. Aldon Morris, Northwestern University
Dr. Reiland Rabaka, University of Colorado
Dr. Daryl Scott, Howard University & ASALH President
Dr. Bill Strickland, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dr. Janice Sumler-Edmond, Former CAU Faculty, Houston-Tillotson University
Dr. Nagueyalti Warren, Emory University
Dr. Earl Wright II, University of Cincinnati & ABS President
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, University of Pennsylvania
On February 20-23, 2013 CAU convened national and international scholars for a four-day Du Boisian homage and birthday celebration. Here, in Atlanta, we resituated the Du Bois legacy in the South--at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) which is seldom recognized as the sustaining crucible of his genius and consciousness. We invited scholars of all levels to join us as we engaged in an interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life, scholarship and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century.
The keynote address was delivered by Poet Amiri Baraka. On February 9, 2013 Mr. Baraka joined the Ancestors. We are grateful for his reading of his play on Du Bois and hope it will be published. Professor Sanchez was unable to attend but sent regards and joined campus events in 2015.
View Four-Day Schedule HERE
In consultation with a critical team of our CAU community, conference co-chairs President Carlton Brown and Dr. Stephanie Evans commissioned a sculpture by renowned artist Ayokunle Odeleye, with direction from. Dr. Candy Tate. We offered a likeness of Dr. Du Bois in remembrance of his 23 years of service to the institution and to honor his contributions worldwide.
The bust was dedicated to the Clark Atlanta University campus on Saturday, February 23, 2013--Dr. Du Bois's birthday--during the W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference. Mr. Arthur McFarlane, the great-grandson of Dr. Du Bois was present for the dedication, as was Atlanta City Councilmember, Michael Julian Bond. The dedication included African drumming by faculty member Mr. Heron Black, local youth step teams from the Georgia Steppers League, and Dr. Daniel Black pouring libation.
President Brown consulted with several key figures of CAU staff, faculty and alumni to make the crucial decision of choosing the perfect site for the bust. Included in this group of experts was
Dr. Isabella Jenkins, for whom the CAU Honors Program is named, Ms. Tina Dunkley, Director of the CAU Art Galleries, CAU First Lady T. Lavern Ricks-Brown, alumna Ms. Gay-linn E. Gatewood Jasho and Associate Vice President of Business and Finance, Ms. Bonita Dukes.
In January 2013, a group of 15 CAU students, faculty and alumni met at Odeleye Studios in Stone Mountain to move the model to Kennesaw State University, where it will be completed.
Professor Odeleye offered cultural and historical context, Dr. Candy Tate provided comments from her art history background, Dr. Evans read passages from The Souls of Black Folk, and Black Arts Movement photographer Mr. Jim Alexander was on hand to document the moment.
Pictured: CAU President Dr. Carlton E. Brown, AWH Department Chair Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans,
Artist and Kennesaw State University Professor Ayokunle Odeleye, Art Historian and CAU History alumna Dr. Candy Tate, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations
Mr. Henry Taylor, and Director of Annual and Special Giving Ms. Nicole Blount. Not pictured,
Ms. Donna Brock, Director of Strategic Communications and University relations
(and creator of CAU Du Bois Project media image).
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After remaining dormant for over a decade, the CAU Du Bois Legacy Project revivified the Phylon Journal. Dr. Obie Clayton serves as editor, Dr. Shelia Flemming serves as managing editor, and the first journal contained papers from the CAU Conference and a Graduate Seminar taught by Dr. Stephanie Evans.
Obie Clayton, Editor, Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Carlton E. Brown, Clark Atlanta University President
Special Issue Editor’s Introduction:
Stephanie Y. Evans, Guest Editor, Chair, Department of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies and History
Managing Editor’s Introduction:
Sheila Flemming-Hunter, Managing Editor
DU BOISIAN IDEAS
Fractal Complexity of the Education of Black People: Ten Critiques, 1906-1960
Carley M. Shinault, Howard University
His Deep and Abiding Love: Du Bois, Gender Politics, and Black Studies
Nagueyalti Warren, Emory University
A Consideration of African American Christianity as a Manifestation of Du Bosnian Double Consciousness
Shirley Waters-White, Clark Atlanta University
Embracing Philosophy: On Du Bois' “The Individual and Social Conscience”
Robert W. Williams, Bennett College
Hypocrisy in the Life of W.E.B. Du Bois: Reconstructing Selective Memory
Bonnyeclaire Smith-Stewart, Clark Atlanta University
DU BOIS AND HISTORICAL FIGURES
The First Fissure: The Du Bois-Washington Relationship from 1898-1899
Thomas Aiello, Valdosta State University
The Transubstantiation of Andrew Johnson: White Epistemic Failure in Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction
Lisa J. McLeod, Guilford College
High Hope and Fixed Purpose: Frederick Douglass and the Talented Tenth on the American Plantation
La’Neice Littleton, Clark Atlanta University
GLOBAL DU BOIS
W.E.B. Du Bois’ Search for Democracy in China: The Double Consciousness of a Black Radical Democrat
Bernard Bell, Pennsylvania State University
Reading Du Bois on East Africa: Epistemological Implications of Apartheid Constructions of Knowledge
Jesse Benjamin, Kennesaw State University
W.E.B. Bu Bois’ Transnationalism: Building a Collective Identity among the American Negro and the Asian Indian
Andrea Slater, University of California-Irvine
Methodological Matters in the Study of Africa: An Appreciation of W.E.B. Du Bois’ Africanist Scholarship
Hashim Gibrill, Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University students and faculty surround Dr. Sonia Sanchez during the peace bench dedication.
(Photo Credit: Christopher A. Daniel, Courtesy of The Burton Wire)
Story from THE BURTON WIRE
Legendary poet and peace advocate Dr. Sonia Sanchez was honored by Clark Atlanta University (CAU), as part of their 2015 Founders Week Celebration. Dr. Sanchez was part of a three-day celebration, hosted by the Department of Africana Women’s Studies, African American Studies, and History (AWH) that included an authors panel, a master class, and a peace benches ceremony and dedication.
During the ceremony, remarks were offered by CAU President Dr. Carlton E. Brown, Dr. Stephanie Evans, Chair of the Department of Africana Women’s Studies, African American Studies, and History (AWH) at Clark Atlanta University, Dr. John H. Bracey, Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Dr. R. Candy Tate, Assistant Director of the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts.
Du Bois...Sonia arrested
Let us lock up war
See who posts bail
~John H. Bracey, Jr.
Peace is a Haiku Song
S. O. S. Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader," featuring Professors Sonia Sanchez, John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst. May 2015
Author, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy
CAU Alumna ~ Keynote Panelist | 10:00 am
“Black [W]holes: Afrofuturist Consciousness, Creativity, & Cultural Production”
University of Buffalo Department of Art
Keynote Panelist | 2:00 pm
“New Suns: A Celebration of Black Speculative Arts”