Item #7825 UNIVERSAL RACES CONGRESS [caption title]. W. E. B. Du Bois.

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[Du Bois, W.E.B.]

UNIVERSAL RACES CONGRESS [caption title].

Bass, Alfred: [London]: City Liberal Club, June 14, 1911. [1] p., printed on bifolium. Old stab holes along center fold. Light staining and foxing, numbered in blue crayon in upper right corner. CONDITION: Very good.

An unrecorded notice advertising a speech delivered by W.E.B. Du Bois at the City Liberal Club (later National Liberal Club) in London in advance of the first Universal Races Congress of 1911.

The Congress met the following month at the University of London and featured many prominent humanists from numerous countries to discuss matters of race, with a goal “to point out the absurdity of the belief prevalent among peoples of the world that THEIR customs, THEIR civilization, and THEIR physique are superior to those of other peoples, and to deprecate the looseness with which the term ‘race’ is employed.” Du Bois attended the conference and delivered a speech entitled “The Negro Race in the United States of America.”

While he was in London a few weeks prior to the conference, Du Bois was invited to speak at the City Liberal Club, whose members and attendees included Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. This was one of several addresses Du Bois delivered in England in the summer of 1911, and he spoke at other clubs in London as well, including at the Lyceum Club where his appearance generated some controversy among its members. Indeed, in the year since he had become editor of the NAACP’s periodical, The Crisis, he had delivered nearly 100 speeches (fifty-three to primarily White audiences, forty-six to mainly Black audiences). This advertisement bills Du Bois as the former Chair of Economics and History at the University of Atlanta and the Director in America of the National Association for the Advancement of the Negro Races. In his role as editor of The Crisis, Du Bois highlighted the upcoming Congress in the first ever issue of the NAACP’s periodical, describing it as “one of the most influential of our time.”

We find no other examples of this notice for W.E.B. Du Bois’s appearance at London’s City Liberal Club.

An unrecorded artifact tied to one of the earliest concerted international anti-racist effort.

REFERENCES: The Crisis, Number One (New York: NAACP, November, 1910), p. 5.

Item #7825

Price: $1,500.00

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