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W.E.B. Du Bois Center

The W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in 2009 to engage the nation and the world in discussion and scholarship about the global issues involving race, labor and social justice. The Center presents an interdisciplinary approach to the intersections among African American culture and history, social justice and labor relations which opens this research to new insights and evaluation in light of the issues confronting people throughout the world today.

By making its resources readily available and accessible to the public, the Center holds fast to the scholarly tradition and spirit of its namesake, W. E. B. Du Bois, a Massachusetts native son, who was pivotal to the social and political debates on race, class and culture of the 20th century.

The Center continues this tradition in four areas: the Fellows Program; the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers and subsequent scholarship; Educational Outreach; and the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite, of which UMass Amherst is the steward.


The Du Bois Center’s mission is to make the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois and his contemporaries available and accessible to everyone throughout the world for application to the problems and issues of the 21st Century, and to create new knowledge and support scholarship emanating from the life and teachings of W.E.B. Du Bois. The Center connects students, educators, scholars, and the public through lectures, symposia, scholarships and collaborations, to share the vast intellectual resources associated with W.E.B. Du Bois.

W.E.B. Du Bois Papers

In a video interview, Chancellor Bromery shares the story of how he brought Du Bois's papers from Cairo, Egypt, to UMass Amherst.  He shares his hopes and dreams for the Du Bois Center:

I have never been so emotionally moved by anything that I remember, like reading how Du Bois talked about racism and sexism, and what was happening with our country and what was happening with our people ... I'm hoping that it has an impact on the world to bring us back to what I think is the primary mission of higher education ... to train you to understand other people ... how you can use the information you gain in college to better the world.

Dr. Randolph Bromery, Chancellor Emeritus, UMass Amherst

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