Books: Race Warrior

W.E.B. Du Bois: A frank look at his fight for equality

The seer who prophesied in 1903 that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line," William Edward Burghardt Du Bois cast a huge shadow over the black struggle for freedom. Without the piercing scholarship and uncompromising militancy of the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, there would have been no Martin Luther King Jr., no Malcolm X, perhaps no civil rights movement at all.

Capturing such a momentous figure is a daunting assignment, but David Levering Lewis carries it off with aplomb. W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and...

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