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    THE NEGRO PHILOSOPHER AND WRITER, DR.WILLIAM E.B.DU BOIS, WAS BURIED ON THURSDAY IN OSU CASTLE?

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    THE NEGRO PHILOSOPHER AND WRITER, DR.WILLIAM E.B.DU BOIS, WAS BURIED ON THURSDAY IN OSU CASTLE IN THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL OF ACCRA.HE WAS 95.

    DU BOIS WAS BORN IN THE UNITED STATES OF NEGRO, FRENCH HUGUENOT AND DUTCH DESCENT, AND SPENT NEARLY ALL HIS WORKING LIFE THERE.IN 1960 HE WENT TO LIVE IN GHANA WHERE HE WORKED ON THE ENCYCLOPEDIA AFRICANA, AND EARLIER THIS YEAR GHANA CITIZENSHIP WAS CONFERRED ON HIM.

    IN THE UNITED STATES HE WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLOURED PEOPLE AND FOR MANY YEARS ONE OF THE MAJOR, IF CONTROVERSIAL, LEADERS OF NEGRO THOUGHT AND PHILOSOPHY.IN HIS LATER YEARS FRUSTRATION WITH THE ATTITUDES OF BOTH THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS LED HIM TO JOINING THE COMMUNIST PARTY IN 1961 AT THE AGE OF 93.

    DU BOIS IN 1951 WAS INDICATED IN NEW YORK FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A "FOREIGN AGENT".THIS CHARGE AGAINST HIM FOLLOWED HIS INVOLVEMENT IN LEFT-WING ORGANISATIONS.HE WAS ACQUITTED BUT THE TRIAL ADDED TO GROWING DESPAIR OF HIS NATIVE COUNTRY.THIS, IN TURN, WAS TO LEAD HIM TO MANY PILGRIMAGES ABROAD AND FINALLY TO HIS ADOPTED HOME IN GHANA.

    DU BOIS PUSHED THE IDEA OF PAN-AFRICANISM AS FAR BACK AS 1900 AT A CONFERENCE IN LONDON, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND.HE WAS THEN TO COMMENT: "THE PROBLEM OF THE 20TH CENTURY IS THE PROBLEM OF THE COLOUR LINE -- IN ASIA AND AFRICA, IN AMERICA AND THE ISLANDS OF THE SEA."
    IN 1945 HE WAS CONSULTANT TO THE UNITED NATIONS UPON ITS FORMATION IN SAN FRANCISCO AND HEAD OF THE COUNCIL OF AFRICAN AFFAIRS.IN 1959 HE WAS AWARDED THE LENIN PEACE PRIZE.

    HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS SECOND WIFE, SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAV9ZVUR5NZSSH1OHJKN03V4ZC
    Media URN:
    VLVAAV9ZVUR5NZSSH1OHJKN03V4ZC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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