W. E. B. Du Bois
Legacy Project


43rd Annual CAU Writers Conference
April 3-6, 2013

21st Century Double Concsiousness

2013 Conference

FEBRUARY 20-23, 2013
Clark Atlanta University

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta
A 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference

Conference Co-chairs:
Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President
Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans, AWH Department Chair

Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent as a professor at Atlanta University. The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Du Bois. On his birthday in February, it was fitting that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship.

(Click here for Part I , Part II, and 15 minute intro video of legendary poet  Amiri Baraka reading his play about W. E. B. Du Bois)

WCLK - Baraka Radio Interview


On February 20-23, 2013 CAU convened national and international scholars for a four-day Du Boisian homage and birthday celebration. Here, in Atlanta, we resituated the Du Bois legacy in the South--at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) which is seldom recognized as the sustaining crucible of his genius and consciousness. We invited scholars of all levels to join us as we engaged in an interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life, scholarship and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century.

Picture courtesy of Artivist Film Festival
Visit http://soniasanchez.org/

Professor Sanchez could not make the 2013 conference, but will dedicate peace benches at CAU in 2015.

Picture courtesy of Celeste Bateman,
Celeste Bateman & Associates, LLC 

Professor Baraka joined the Ancestors
on January 9, 2014.

Closing Session:
Professor Sonia Sanchez and Mr. Amiri Baraka
Scheduled to read poems and prose by Dr. Du Bois

Confirmed Plenary Panelists:
Dr. Anne Adams, Professor Emerita, Cornell University former Director Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Studies (Ghana)
Dr. Derrick Alridge, University of Virginia
Dr. Bernard Bell, Professor Emeriti, Pennsylvania State University
Professor John Bracey, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dr. Scot Brown, University of California-Los Angeles
Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua, University of Illinois & NCBS President
Dr. Sheila Flemming-Hunter, ASALH President Emerita
Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham, Harvard University
Dr. Gerald Horne, University of Houston
Dr. Joy James, Williams College
Dr. Shelby Lewis, CAU Professor Emerita, Former Fulbright Board Vice Chair, J. W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Member
Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan, Wellesley College
Mr. Louis Massiah, Filmmaker, Scribe Video Center
Dr. MaryNell Morgan, CAU Alumna Empire State College
Dr. Aldon Morris, Northwestern University
Dr. Reiland Rabaka, University of Colorado
Dr. Daryl Scott, Howard University & ASALH President
Dr. Bill Strickland, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dr. Janice Sumler-Edmond, Former CAU Faculty, Houston-Tillotson University
Dr. Nagueyalti Warren, Emory University

Dr. Earl Wright II, University of Cincinnati & ABS President
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi,
University of Pennsylvania

The keynote address was delivered by Poet Amiri Baraka (Professor Sanchez was unable to attend but sent regards). On February 9, 2013 Mr. Baraka joined the Ancestors. We are grateful for his reading of his play on Du Bois and hope it will be published.

View Commemorative Program

(Download PDF)

Conference and
Bust Dedication Video

Special Guests Include:

Descendants of the Struggle Panelists
Arthur McFarlane, Great-grandson of
Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois

Michelle Duster, Great-granddaughter of
Ida B. Wells

A’Lelia Bundles, Great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker

Charlayne Drew Jarvis, Daughter of
Dr. Charles Drew

Presidents Panel
Dr. Alexsa Henderson, Clark Atlanta University  CHAIR

Carlton Brown, President,
Clark Atlanta University

Beverly Daniel-Tatum, President,
Spelman College

Dr. Ronald Peters, President, Interdenominational Theological Center

Loretta Parham, Director,
Robert Woodruff Library

Special Participants:
Georgia Steppers League
part of the National Step Show Alliance


  • AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • Augusta State University
  • Bennett College
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Canisius College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clarion University
  • Colby College
  • College of Wooster
  • Coppin State University
  • Cornell University
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Emory University
  • Empire State College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • George Washington University
  • Guilford College
  • Harvard University
  • Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (Ukraine)
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Liberty Specialist Institute, Koforidua (Ghana)
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Memphis Theological Seminary
  • Morgan State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Paine College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Plymouth University (UK)
  • Spelman College
  • State University of New York-Buffalo
  • State University of New York-Empire State College
  • State University of New York-Old Westbury
  • State University of New York-Westchester Community College
  • Temple University
  • Texas A & M University
  • Trident Technical College
  • University of Akron- Ohio.
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
  • University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas-Permian Basin
  • University of Virginia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Wellesley College
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Williams College