Breakfast with Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois seated drinking tea with an unidentified man in China. (Du Bois Papers)

Since February 2019 we have hosted a weekly Monday-morning gathering where we read and discuss a piece by or about W. E. B. Du Bois. These sessions are a wonderful opportunity to get to know the work of Du Bois better and meet other DuBoisians from multiple backgrounds. If you wish to sign up to the ‘Breakfast with Du Bois’ mailing list, please email our Assistant Director, Adam Holmes (holmes@umass.edu) or fill out this form.

The Breakfasts currently take place on Zoom, but we have plans to host in-person gatherings at the Du Bois Center once a month from September, 2022.

The Readings

Below is a list of the texts we have read since the Breakfasts with Du Bois began in February 2019. Links are included to texts taken from the Du Bois Papers.

  • 08/01/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Transubstantiation of a Poor White’, from Black Reconstruction in America, (1935)
  • 07/25/2022 – Anna Julia Cooper, ‘Has America a Race Problem?’ from A Voice From the South, (1892)
  • 07/18/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Coming of John’, from The Souls of Black Folk, (1903)
  • 06/20/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Dawn of Freedom’, from The Souls of Black Folk, (1903)
  • 06/13/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Sane Liberal‘, 1949 & Address to the World Peace Congress, Helsinki, 1955
  • 05/30/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘An Essay Toward a History of the Black Man in the Great War’, from The Crisis, 1919
  • 05/23/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘We Claim Our Rights’ (1906) & ‘The Value of Agitation’ (1907)
  • 05/16/2022 – Shirley Graham Du Bois, ‘Journeys Into the Past’, from His Day is Marching On: A Memoir of W. E. B. Du Bois, 1971
  • 05/09/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Talented Tenth‘, 1948
  • 05/02/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro College’, from The Crisis, 1933
  • 04/25/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Does the Negro Need Separate Schools?’, from Journal of Negro Education, 1935
  • 04/18/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Training of Negroes for Social Power‘, 1903
  • 04/04/2022 – Jason R. Young, ‘Between the Crescent and the Cross’, from The Souls of W. E. B. Du Bois (with Edward Blum), 2009
  • 03/28/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Peace is Dangerous‘, 1951 (repeat)
  • 03/21/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Black Man Brings His Gifts‘, 1925 (repeat)
  • 03/07/2022 – ‘The Emancipation of Democracy’, from The Gift of Black Folk, 1924
  • 02/28/2022 – Charisse Burden-Stelly, ‘Why W. E. B. Du Bois Matters’, from W. E. B. Du Bois: A Life in American History (with Gerald Horne), 2019
  • 02/21/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Birthday Dinner‘, 1951
  • 02/07/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Negro History Week‘, 1949
  • 02/01/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘America’s Road to Democracy and World Peace‘, 1956
  • 01/24/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Democracy‘, 1950
  • 01/17/2022 – Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Honoring Dr. Du Bois‘, 1968 (repeat)
  • 01/10/2022 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Training of Black Men’, from The Souls of Black Folk, 1903
  • 12/20/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Black Worker’, from Black Reconstruction, 1935 (repeat)
  • 12/13/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Education in the Last Decades of the Nineteenth Century’, from Dusk of Dawn, 1940
  • 12/06/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘My Impressions of Woodrow Wilson‘, 1939
  • 11/29/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘America and Peace‘, 1953
  • 11/15/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Burden of Black Women’, from The Crisis, 1914
  • 11/08/2021 – James Boggs, Introduction and Chapter 1 from The American Revolution, 1963
  • 11/01/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Spread of Socialism‘, 1954
  • 10/25/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Black Africa Tomorrow’, from Foreign Affairs, 1938
  • 09/27/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, A Selection of Writings on Haiti
  • 09/20/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Africa and America’, from John Brown, 1909
  • 09/13/2021 – George Jackson, ‘Blood in My Eye’, from Amerikan Justice, 1971
  • 09/06/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of Work and Wealth’, from Darkwater, 1920
  • 08/30/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘To the World‘, 1921
  • 07/16/2021 – Herbert Aptheker, ‘The Washington – Du Bois Conference of 1904’, in Science & Society, 1949
  • 07/12/2021 – Lawrie Balfour, ‘W. E B. Du Bois and the Case for Reparations’, from The American Political Science Review, 2003
  • 07/05/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Democracy Fails in America‘, 1954
  • 06/28/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro and Social Reconstruction‘, 1936
  • 06/21/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Coming of the Lord’, from Black Reconstruction, 1935
  • 06/14/2021 – W. E. B Du Bois, ‘No Second Class Citizens‘, 1947
  • 05/17/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selections of ‘As the Crow Flies’ columns
  • 05/07/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro and Communism’, from The Crisis, 1931
  • 05/03/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Economic Plight of the American Negro‘, 1940
  • 04/26/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selections of ‘As the Crow Flies’ Columns on the subject of caste
  • 04/19/2021 – Oliver Cromwell Cox, ‘The Nature of Caste’, from Caste, Class & Race, 1959
  • 04/05/2021 – Correspondence between W. E. B. Du Bois and B. R. Ambedkar
  • 03/28/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro Soldier in Britain‘, 1945 (repeat)
  • 03/22/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘An Appeal to the World‘, 1955
  • 03/15/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘One Hundred Years in the Struggle for Negro Freedom‘, 1952
  • 03/08/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Criteria of Negro Art’, from The Crisis, 1926 (repeat)
  • 03/01/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Reconstruction and Its Benefits’, from The American Historical Review, 1910
  • 02/22/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Postlude’, from The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois, 1968
  • 02/15/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Whither Now and Why‘, 1960
  • 02/08/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘A Pragmatic Program for a Dark Minority‘, c. 1935
  • 02/01/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Prospect of a World Without Race Conflict’, from The American Journal of Sociology, 1944
  • 01/25/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Forty Years of American Hysteria‘, 1958
  • 01/18/2021 – Phillip Luke Sinitiere, ‘Resisting Repression: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Age of Global Surveillance’, 2020
  • 01/11/2021 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Java Plot‘, c. 1906
  • 03/01/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Need for Social Change in the United States‘, 1951
  • 12/21/2020 – A Selection of Correspondence Between W. E. B. Du Bois and Amy Garvey
  • 12/14/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Damnation of Women’, from Darkwater, 1920
  • 11/23/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘My Character’, from The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois, 1968
  • 11/16/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Democracy in America‘, c. 1928
  • 11/09/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Black River‘, c. 1955
  • 10/26/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The General Strike’, from Black Reconstruction, 1935
  • 10/18/2020 – Herbert Aptheker, ‘Du Bois As Historian’, from The Negro History Bulletin, 1969
  • 10/11/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Paradox and Portent in Africa‘, c. 1936
  • 10/05/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, A Selection of Short Articles from The Crisis
  • 09/28/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Shape of Fear’, from The North American Review, 1926
  • 09/21/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Life of W. E. B. Du Bois‘, 1953
  • 09/14/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Color and Democracy‘, 1947
  • 09/07/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Confederate Flag‘, 1952
  • 08/31/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Social Medicine‘, 1950
  • 08/23/2020 – Charisse Burden-Stelly, ‘Modern US Racial Capitalism: Some Theoretical Insights’, 2020
  • 08/16/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Land of the Burnt Faces’, from The World and Africa, 1946
  • 08/10/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Atlantis’, from The World and Africa, 1946
  • 08/03/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro Soldier in Britain‘, 1945
  • 07/27/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, A Selection of Writings on the Experience of Black Soldiers in World War I
  • 07/20/2020 – A Selection of Writings on, and Correspondence Between, W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington
  • 07/06/2020 – Frederick Douglass, ‘What, to the American Slave, is the Fourth of July?’, 1852
  • 06/29/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro and the Civil War’, from Science & Society, 1961
  • 06/22/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of Beauty and Death’, from Darkwater, 1920
  • 06/15/2020 – Saidiya Hartman, ‘The End of White Supremacy: An American Romance’, 2020
  • 06/08/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Culture of White Folk’, from The Journal of Race Development, 1917
  • 06/01/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Culture of White Folk’, from The Journal of Race Development, 1917
  • 05/25/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Writings from Du Bois’s Harvard University English Course, 1890-91
  • 05/18/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Writings from Du Bois’s Harvard University English Course, 1890-91
  • 05/11/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South’, from The Atlantic Monthly, 1899
  • 05/04/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Black Worker’, from Black Reconstruction, 1935
  • 04/27/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Poetry
  • 04/20/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘A Philosophy of Race Separation‘, 1935
  • 04/06/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Princess Steel‘, c. 1905
  • 03/16/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Crucifixion of John Brown‘, 1959
  • 03/09/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Niger and Islam’, from The Negro, 1915
  • 03/02/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Report to the Ghana Academy of Sciences, 1961
  • 02/17/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Behold the Land‘, 1946 (repeat)
  • 02/10/2020 – Carol Taylor, ‘W. E. B. Du Bois’s Challenge to Scientific Racism’, from The Journal of Black Studies, 1981
  • 02/03/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Negro Problems of the United States‘, 1952
  • 01/27/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Peace is Dangerous‘, 1951
  • 01/20/2020 – Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Honoring Dr. Du Bois‘, 1968 (repeat)
  • 01/13/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Black Hercules at the Forks of the Road,’ c. 1931
  • 01/06/2020 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Fables
  • 12/23/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Black America‘, 1932
  • 12/16/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of the Dawn of Freedom’, from The Souls of Black Folk, 1903
  • 12/02/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Education and Work‘, 1930
  • 11/25/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Education and Work‘, 1930
  • 11/18/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Writings on Religion
  • 10/28/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Poetry
  • 10/21/2019 – Video and Selected Speeches from the Dedication of the Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, Great Barrington, MA, 1969
  • 10/14/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Propaganda and World War’, from Dusk of Dawn, 1940
  • 10/07/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Propaganda and World War’, from Dusk of Dawn, 1940
  • 09/30/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Editorial on Crime and Lynching, from The Crisis, 1912
  • 09/23/2019 – Ian Frazier, ‘When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist’, from The New Yorker
  • 09/16/2019 – David W. Blight, Selections from Race and Reunion, 2001
  • 09/10/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Of Our Spiritual Strivings’, from The Souls of Black Folk, (1903)
  • 09/02/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The American Labor Party‘, 1953
  • 08/26/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Address to the First All African People’s Conference, Accra, Ghana, 1958
  • 08/19/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Behold the Land‘, 1946
  • 08/12/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Audio Extracts from his Recorded Autobiography, 1961
  • 08/05/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Audio Extracts from his Recorded Autobiography, 1961
  • 07/29/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Souls of White Folk’, from Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil, 1920
  • 07/22/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘A New England Boy and Reconstruction’, from Dusk of Dawn, 1940
  • 07/15/2019 – Lerone Bennett Jr., Keynote Speech from the Opening of the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, 1980
  • 07/08/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Comet’, from Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil, 1920
  • 07/01/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Slave, The Serf, and the Blonde Beast: A Vision‘, 1941
  • 06/25/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘A Negro Nation Within a Nation’, from Current History, 1935
  • 06/17/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Black Man Brings His Gifts‘, 1925
  • 05/27/2019 – Elizabeth Moos, ‘Report on W. E. B. Du Bois’s Indictment and Trial‘, 1951
  • 05/20/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘My Campaign for Senate’, from In Battle for Peace, 1952
  • 05/13/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Education and Work‘, 1930
  • 05/06/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Poems
  • 04/29/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selected Poems
  • 04/22/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Sociology Hesitant‘, 1905
  • 04/15/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, A. D. 2150, 1950
  • 04/08/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Talented Tenth: the Re-Examination of a Concept‘, 1948
  • 04/01/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Socialism and the Negro Problem’, from The New Review, 1913
  • 03/26/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘I Won’t Vote’, from The Nation, 1956
  • 03/19/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘I Take My Stand For Peace‘, 1951
  • 03/12/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Criteria of Negro Art’, from The Crisis, 1926
  • 03/05/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Servant in the House’, from Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil, 1920
  • 02/25/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, Selections from The Crisis on the theme of segregation
  • 02/18/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Princess of Hither Isles’, from Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil, 1920
  • 02/11/2019 – Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Honoring Dr. Du Bois‘, 1968
  • 02/04/2019 – W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘Jefferson Davis as a Representative of Civilization‘, 1890