Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Marker at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

W.E.B. Du Bois memorial @HU, photo by Philipp Plum, HU Berlin

W.E.B. Du Bois memorial @HU, photo by Philipp Plum, HU BerlinDorothea Löbbermann & Jean-Ulrick Désert, photo by Evangelia Kindinger


Upper and left photo by Philipp Plum, HU Berlin: W.E.B. Du Bois memorial @HU
Right photo by Evangelia Kindinger: Dorothea Löbbermann & Jean-Ulrick Désert

 

 

  • Read Anthony Obst's article about the memorial marker and the unveiling ceremony in the Berliner Zeitung.
  • And: Read Noemi Molitor's article about the memorial marker, Jean-Ulrick Désert and W.E.B. Du Bois in this taz piece.

 

 

Unveiling Ceremony on July 1, 2022

 

 

 

pictures by Jörg Heinrich

Dorothea Löbbermann - HU
Dorothea Löbbermann - HU
Jean-Ulrick Déser - artist
Jean-Ulrick Déser - artist
David Levering Lewis, Du Bois biographer
David Levering Lewis,
Du Bois biographer
Maroula Blades
Maroula Blades
Naa Ajele Sharp, W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Accra, Ghana
Naa Ajele Sharp, W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Accra, Ghana
 

 


 

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, one of the leading figures in twentieth-century sociology, history, journalism, literature and civil rights activism, studied at what is now Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the years 1892-1894. His stay in Berlin and his studies with German economists, sociologists, and historians proved very influential for his thinking. Du Bois became the author of such seminal works as The Souls of Black Folk (1903), the editor of The Crisis (1920-1934), and the co-founder of both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, 1909) and the Fifth Pan-African Congress (1945). In 1958, Humboldt-Universität awarded him an honorary doctorate.

For over twenty years, the American Studies Program has honored Du Bois’s legacy at Humboldt-Universität through two lecture series: the W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures and the Distinguished W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures. Until now, there has been no visible tribute to him on the university grounds. We are proud to announce that a plaque has been installed on the main building's ground floor (next to the entrance to the Orbis Humboldtianus).

Du Bois is the first U.S.-American and the first Person of Color to be honored by Humboldt-Universität; he is also the first person to be honored as a former student.

 


 

Preliminary Draft (2) by Jean-Ulrick Désert
Picture: Preliminary Draft by Jean-Ulrick Désert

 

We are very pleased that internationally acclaimed artist Jean-Ulrick Désert has agreed to design the plaque.

 

Work in Progress Presentation (as at October 2019) on VIMEO

In-progress design development of the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial installation for Humboldt University's main building as presented by the artist, Jean-Ulrick Désert, on 15 October 2019 (no audio). Picture rights: Van Vechten Trust (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University) & The Department of Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts

 

 


 

Contact Dr. Dorothea Löbbermann if you know of other W.E.B. Du Bois memorial sights, lecture series, centers and of course if you would like to start an academic exchange or collaboration with us.

 

 

An initiative of the American Studies Program.

 

 

Video: youtube - YTs2FcDRPL4

 

Video: youtube - YTs2FcDRPL4

 

Video: youtube - YTs2FcDRPL4

 

Video: youtube - https://youtu.be/YTs2FcDRPL4

 

Video: youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTs2FcDRPL4