Co-sponsored by the Salisbury Association Historical Society
In the current moment of so-called fake news and in the midst of a dizzying 24-hour news cycle, it is worthwhile to pause and reexamine an earlier period of journalism’s history. This presentation explores the intellectually productive 80-year journalistic career of Black scholar and writer W. E. B. Du Bois chronologically chronicles his expansive journalistic efforts from the 1880s to the 1960s. It pays particular attention to his work as editor of the NAACP’s The Crisis magazine during the Harlem Renaissance and to his role as a Cold War-era columnist with the New York-based weekly National Guardian.
Du Bois’s liberation journalism centered the experiences of Black people in the United States and across the world. His efforts aimed to achieve economic democracy, racial justice, and political equality. Revisiting Du Bois’s liberation journalism today offers an intellectual and political pathway for the difficult days ahead.
Phillip Luke Sinitiere is the Scholar in Residence at the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst. He also teaches history and humanities at the College of Biblical Studies, a predominately African American school located in Houston’s Mahatma Gandhi District. Sinitiere is a scholar of American religious history and African American studies.
His recent books are Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, The Crisis, and American History, Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity, and Citizen of the World: The Late Career and Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois. Sinitiere’s Du Bois scholarship addresses the topics of religion, literature, historical memory, Pan-Africanism, journalism, socialism, anticommunism, and peace.