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|DU BOIS, WILLIAM EDWARD BURGHARDT|
|(1868-1963) As part of his effort
to comprehend the complexity of African American social life, W. E. B. Du
Bois, a renowned scholar and radical activist based for most of his career
at Atlanta University, examined various aspects of black religion in
In his The Philadelphia Negro (Schocken 1962 ), he presented the first social survey of black congregations in an urban community. Du Bois's classic The Negro Church (Atlanta University Press 1903) serves as the baseline for the social scientific study of African American religion in the United States. Although a critic of specific black denominational practices, early in his career he viewed the "black church" as an important vehicle for African American liberation.
—Hans A. Baer
M. Marable, Du Bois (Boston: Twayne, 1986).
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