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A Birthday Gift for Dr. Du Bois

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Created February 5, 2019
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’s story begins on his birthday—February 23, 1868—in the small rural town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, but his legacy extends well beyond his death in Ghana in 1963.

In 1885, Du Bois left his home in Massachusetts for Fisk University in Tennessee where he earned an Bachelors degree. After a period of study in Berlin, DuBois was admitted to Harvard University and became the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. from that institution in 1895.

DuBois’s vision was of a world without human exploitation and with equality for all. During his career, Du Bois confronted racism, poverty, the subordination of women, environmental degradation, the horror of war, and nuclear weapons. He promoted education as a fundamental right and was a central figure in twentieth-century movements for world peace, civil rights, and self-determination for people of African descent. He understood that the struggle for the equality of Black Americans was part of a larger struggle for freedom and equality for all people.

In October 1961, at the age of 93, Du Bois and his wife traveled to Ghana to take up residence and commence work on the Encyclopedia Africana at the invitation of Ghana’s Founding President, Kwame Nkrumah. Unfortunately, Dr. DuBois  health declined while in Ghana, and he died on August 27, 1963, in the capital of Accra at the age of 95.

The Du Bois Centre in Ghana is located at No. 22 First Circular Road, in Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. It is former residence of Dr. Du Bois and Mrs, DuBois, and the place where he died on 27 August 1963. It was opened to the public on 22 June 1985 and was named a national memorial in November of that year.

The Centre houses a small museum with part of Du Bois's personal library and a collection of his works, which are made available to researchers. An adjacent shrine shelters his grave and the ashes of his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois

The Centre charges a small admission fee to visitors, and receives support from the Ghana Tourism Ministry, but it requires additional support at this time for maintenance.

Presently, there is an urgent need for air conditioning in the Centre to ensure the documents and artifacts on display do not deteriorate.

For Dr. DuBois birthday this year, we are seeking to raise a total of $2000 so that the Centre can purchase two air conditioning units. 

We see this as an initial gesture in what we hope would be an ongoing effort to support the Centre. This would be a fitting tribute to the legacy and memory of this ardent proponent African people worldwide, especially as we celebrate African American history during this official Year of Return to Ghana for Africans in the Diaspora.

For more information contact Fredara Mareva Hadley 
Fredara.Mareva@gmail.com

or 

Pamela Davis-Clarke
pdavisclarke@gmail.com
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Hi Everyone: Just wanted to let you know the air conditioning units have been installed! The room with the curtains is the living room of the home, and the room with the closet is the office of Shirley Graham Dubois.

Thank you all for your support of this project, and special thanks to Kevin for being “our man on the ground!”
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Hi Everyone:
Mr. Paul Kwaw, Executive Director of the Centre, has made contact with a contractor about the installation of the air conditioning units in Mrs. Du Bois’s office and the library. Kevin Brown, a donor and friend of Fredara’s who resides in Accra has graciously agreed to work with the Centre to carry out the installation plan. We are grateful to Kevin for his assistance.

We will continue to keep everyone posted as this project proceeds. Thanks again to all of you for your support!
Pam and Fredara
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Knowing the significance of Dr. Du Bois’s contributions to the lives of African people worldwide, my visit to his final resting place in Accra was one of the most impactful parts of my trip to Accra this summer. I am so glad to have connected with my sister Fredara to create this fundraiser, and so happy that with the support of friends in both the US and in Ghana we have met our fundraising goal! We appreciate the support of staff and administrators at the Centre for this project and look forward to working with them to make sure these air conditioners are installed as soon as possible. Thanks again to everyone who donated, supported or shared this fundraiser!
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