Harvard choir that shunned WEB Du Bois to honor black activist


March 5, 2019

More than 100 years after denying membership to the pioneering black activist WEB Du Bois, a Harvard choir will pay him tribute with a special concert.

In 1895, Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from the university. But in 1888 he auditioned for the all-white Harvard UniversityGlee Club, and was turned down.

“Our troubled relationship with Du Bois was an impetus for the show,” the Glee Club publicity manager, Michael Baick, told the Harvard Gazette.

“We’re trying to honor Du Bois. We should always be thinking about how our music can resonate beyond the space where we’re singing.”

The concert, The Legacy of WEB Du Bois, will feature black spirituals alongside European poems, mirroring Du Bois’s seminal 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk, which in 2017 was named by the Guardian as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time. Visit www.theguardian.com to read the full article.

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