File #: Res 0725-2003    Version: * Name: Declaring February 23rd, 2003 as "W.E.B. DuBois Day"
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 2/26/2003
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution declaring February 23rd, 2003 as "W.E.B. DuBois Day" in the City of New York.
Sponsors: Charles Barron, Yvette D. Clarke, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Simcha Felder, Helen D. Foster, Robert Jackson, G. Oliver Koppell, Margarita Lopez, Bill Perkins, Larry B. Seabrook, Helen Sears, Kendall Stewart, Albert Vann
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Res. No. 725 Title Resolution declaring February 23rd, 2003 as "W.E.B. DuBois Day" in the City of New York. Body By Council Members Barron, Clarke, Comrie, Felder, Foster, Jackson, Koppell, Lopez, Perkins, Seabrook, Sears, Stewart and Vann Whereas, W.E.B. DuBois was a scholar, writer, activist and social reformer dedicated to educating, elevating and empowering the African-American community; and Whereas, Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868, W.E.B. DuBois was one of our nation's most illustrious leaders; the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University, he was an individual of great self-determination and extraordinary intellect whose scholarly work on the history of his people opened up and increased our understanding of the African-American experience; and Whereas, W.E.B. DuBois was an individual of great depth and dimension who was deeply engaged in all aspects of our national life: he performed economic and sociological studies for the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture; he wrote weekly columns for many years in various newspapers including the Chicago Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, the New York Amsterdam News and the San Francisco Chronicle; and Whereas, W.E.B. DuBois was the first to take a scientific approach to studying the social phenomena of African-Americans and their experiences in our country, and in this respect is rightfully acknowledged as the father of Social Science; and Whereas, W.E.B. DuBois was a dedicated fighter and organizer against racism, colonialism, imperialism, illiteracy, poverty and war; he inspired hundreds of novelists, poets, playwrights, sculptors, musicians and scientists not only by his work and example, but often by direct assistance; and Whereas, The Suppression of the Slave Trade in America, W.E.B. DuBois's doctoral thesis at Harvard, remains to this day the authoritative work on the subject, and is the first volume in Harvard's Historical Series; and Whereas, In 1905, DuBois helped found the Niagra Movement, an organization whose objectives were to advocate for civic justice and abolish caste discrimination; the Niagra Movement created the framework out of which evolved the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Whereas, In his twenty-five years as editor-in-chief of the Crisis magazine-the NAACP's main organ for distributing its policy and news-DuBois helped educate and enlighten thousands; in its pages he exposed injustices perpetrated against African- Americans; he spoke out forcefully regarding racism and sought to reveal what he termed 'the innards of a country whose quivering heart beat bigotry; and Whereas, Among his many important accomplishments was organizing the first four Pan-African Congresses, major global events aimed at bringing attention to the problems of Africans around the world; and Whereas, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois was a tireless advocate for the African-American people: he delivered thousands of lectures in colleges, churches, halls and schools in every state of our nation and in many countries around the world; his influence has been felt across numerous social, political, educational and economic registers, and he has left us with an important and inspiring legacy of achievement; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York declares February 23rd, 2003 as "W.E.B. DuBois Day" in the City of New York. WA LS#2082 D-Res. # 2/20/03 |1013| - 3 -