W. E. B. Dubois in the office of The Crisis. Photo Credit: © New York Public Library Digital Collections.

United States – W. E. B. Du Bois Visits Europe

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W. E. B. Du Bois), an American sociologist and one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), visits Europe for the first time as a graduate student at the University of Berlin.

During this 1892 visit, W. E. B. Du Bois would later recount an experience where he felt he had escaped America’s everyday racism, being one of the first Black Americans to reflect on the transformational power of travel.


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