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2018 Year of Du Bois

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This is a fundraiser for ‘The Year of W.E.B. Du Bois’, a year long series of symposiums, celebrations and readings in Philadelphia celebrating the 150th anniversary of Du Bois's life.

Part of this year will be a very special project titled ‘Philadelphia Reads Du Bois’. At around 15 sites around the city, including the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Mother Bethel AME Church, the Christian Association, Temple University, 1199C Union Hall and the Church of the Advocate, there will be reading groups that will bring people together to read the writings of Du Bois. There will be events at the Barnes Foundation and the African American Museum. The books we will read will include The Souls of Black Folk, Dark Princess, Black Reconstruction, The Philadelphia Negro and the World and Africa.

In this time, when the prevailing culture is anti-reading and anti-literacy, we want to re-establish and promote the necessity for people to read, learn and think together. We believe that reading is essential to the development of people’s consciousness, and that the writings of Du Bois are extremely relevant today to understand the world and its history. 

You can find out more about the projects on the website https://www.yearofdubois.org/. 

The unity of Pan Africa and Pan Asia will be the the subject of the opening celebration and symposium on Dr. Du Bois’ birthday, February 23rd-24th. A symposium on Friday on the importance of his ideas today will be followed by a celebration on Saturday at the Church of the Advocate. The celebration will include dance, music, poetry and art from Africa and Asia to celebrate our unity for a better future.

This initiative has been undertaken by the Saturday Free School, an independent grassroots organization, in collaboration with religious, labor, academic, and community forces. We ask you to consider contributing to this project with a donation. This will be used to buy books, t-shirts, as well as to pay the artists for the events so we can bring events for free to the people of Philadelphia.
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The Year of W.E.B Du Bois is coming to a close. In Philadelphia and other cities thousands of people joined in commemorating the 150 anniversary of Du Bois’s birth.

We will conclude this year with three days of symposiums, discussions and cultural events on February 21,22 and 23 "King, Gandhi, Du Bois and the Revolutionary Spirit of Our Times". The year will end very much in the way we started with a call for peace and the unity of the world’s people against imperialism, neo-colonialism, the ravages of neo-liberal capitalism, poverty and white supremacy. We will highlight this call by celebrating the spirit of revolution enshrined in the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and W.E.B Du Bois. We will have documentary screenings, cultural celebrations, and panel discussions.

We appeal to the supporters of the Year of Du Bois for donations to cover the expenses of the venue and to pay artists for their performances. Please donate to help us complete the Year of Du Bois and begin the Year of Mahatma Gandhi. Please join us for the final Symposium (link below)

https://www.yearofdubois.org/revolutionary-spirit-of-our-times.html
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After 6 months of Year of Du Bois and Philadelphia Reads Du Bois, we reflect on all we have learned and gained through reading groups, symposiums, intensive discussion, and public engagement.

Please see our midway political assessment:
https://www.yearofdubois.org/the-year-of-du-bois-a-political-assessment.html

Also, please join us for our upcoming conference on The Black Worker in Our Time: An Indispensable Force for Peace and Justice on November 8th and 9th from 5:00-9:00 at 1199C Union Hall (1319 Locust St) for a discussion about Du Bois's concept of the Black Worker and the path forward for working people in the struggle for freedom for all humanity:

https://www.yearofdubois.org/the-black-worker-in-our-time.html

Thank you for your support for this campaign for the political education of the people.
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