The first black man to graduate with a PhD, from Harvard, was W.E. Dubois, who was born in Massachusetts, not too far from America’s most prestigious university.

Dubois’s “SOULS OF THE BLACK FOLK” was published in 1903, but how relevant the content to our time! (Note this is not a question but a statement).

Du Bois disliked Booker T. Washington who became the spokesperson for African Americans, and who  accepted segregation. Du Bois was furious and  stomped on the single-mindedness of African American leadership’s emphasis on attaining wealth, forgetting the underclass, thus creating  a “complex of consciousness”, to quote Dr. Nimi WARIBOKO.

 He was here in Baltimore, expounding on Du Bois’s impact on African American progress in the political theatre, and whether politicians of today have gone the way of Booker T. Washington.

That same night November 13, 2019, the POSITIVE PEOPLE AWARDS, was held in Baltimore, Md. Mayor Jack Young was in attendance. I wanted to know whether the honorees were capturing “the souls of black folk”, as Du Bois yearned for; I approached the mayor:

Here we go Baltimore, from the Civil Rights movement, 1960 to 2020, sixty years. What does it say, when we witness the gentrification of Coppin, and Morgan State, while the surrounding neighborhoods of these HBCUs look like war zones ?

Are these leaders capturing the “SOULS OF THE BLACK FOLK” ?

The first line of the accepted black National Anthem reads: “Lift every voice…”,… not some. Here’s a reminder:


Published by Oswald Copeland

Born 1946, Georgetown Guyana, South America. Broadcast journalist since 1968. Been living in the United States, since 1974. Has done extensive work in sales and marketing, and likes to write about culture in and around Baltimore Md. His personal passion is healthy living: Creator and Executive Editor of THECULTUREPAGEDOTCOM.

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