W.E.B. Du Bois and the Fight for Black Equality
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
David Levering Lewis, Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
Wed, February 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


An accomplished scholar and outspoken activist, W.E.B. Du Bois fought racism and discrimination from local institutions to the highest levels of government. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, discusses the life and work of one of the most prominent civil rights activists of the early 20th century, from his role as a founding member of the NAACP to his vehement protests against the 1915 release of The Birth of a Nation, a film supported by President Woodrow Wilson that glorified the Ku Klux Klan.


David Levering Lewis is the Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at New York University. He received Pulitzer Prizes for both volumes of his two-part biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, an unprecedented achievement, and is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator) is Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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