Looking toward the future

The W.E.B. Du Bois Collection and Secondary Education:
While the three lesson plans created for this project rely on Niagara Movement primary sources culled from the University of Massachusetts Special Collections and University Archives, these documents represent only a tiny portion of W.E.B. Du Bois’s extraordinary life. As the Du Bois Collection digitization process continues, educational materials could be generated to focus on a wide variety of topics including Du Bois’s personal life, his experiences at Harvard, the founding of the NAACP, and Du Bois’s involvement with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Interdisciplinary possibilities abound with this topic: The Souls of Black Folk could be the focus of a social studies/English thematic unit on African American authors, while Du Bois’s sociological work would greatly benefit an Advanced Placement Psychology course. Further integration of the W.E.B. Du Bois Collection into secondary education curriculum would greatly benefit educators, students, and the university and would represent UMass’s dedication to fostering comprehensive and interdisciplinary education at the secondary and post-secondary level.

Discovering Du Bois: The Niagara Movement has been designed as one component of this proposed larger educational project, Discovering Du Bois. All sections of this project will allow free, online public access to primary sources from Du Bois's life, links to other resources, video interviews, webcasts, digital maps, and more.