One of W.E.B. Du Bois’ most powerful ideas was also most discomforting to the establishment: A belief in rigorous scholarship that was also engaged in the project of political transformation. It’s a legacy we ought to reclaim.
Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and the author of "The Scholar Denied", a study of the work and influence of W.E.B. Du Bois. His research focuses on race and inequality in America, the sociology of Du Bois, and the civil rights movement.