The House of Illustration presents ‘W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives’

Revered by everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Beyoncé, W. E. B. Du Bois stands as one of the most important and influential African American activists and intellectuals of the 20th century. As co-founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and author of the seminal book The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois is celebrated for his profound and prolific writings. But alongside his famous essays, Du Bois produced an astounding – yet little-known – body of infographics to challenge pseudo-scientific racism, making visual arguments every bit as powerful as his textual ones. W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives opened at House of Illustration on 8 November 2019. For the first time in the UK, it displays the complete set of 63 graphics shown at the 1900 Paris Exposition, produced by Du Bois and a team of African

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