W.E.B. Du BoisMarcus Garvey/HarlemRenaissanceThe Harlem Renaissance is in full bloom, and a new crop of African-American scholarsand thinkers has risen up to challenge the established leader, W.E.B. Du Bois. This isnot to say that they
disagreed with his philosophies, but by the 1920s, things had begun to change.Imagine that you are a subscriber to
, the literary and current eventsmagazine of the N.A.A.C.P. You have read “The Talented Tenth” by Du Bois, andunderstand his views on how African-Americans can break the shackles of Jim Crow.Then, Marcus Garvey publishes a scathing indictment of Du Bois, claiming that Garvey and the more radical members of the Harlem Renaissance have a better way of gainingrights. Your task is to write a letter to the editor, either arguing for W.E.B. Du Bois' policy of racial integration, or favoring the more radical approaches of Marcus Garvey and othermembers of the Harlem Renaissance. As you write, consider the following:
How did Du Bois feel African-Americans could best achieve rights?
How was his method similar and/or different from the radical members of theHarlem Renaissance?
Read Marcus Garvey's criticism of Du Bois. Do you think it is a fair one?
Why might the Harlem Renaissance have been so cynical about Du Bois' ideas?
Overall, who is right: Du Bois or Garvey?This editorial is worth 15 points, and is due _______________.