Resistance and Hope

May 21, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Arguably no other historian alive has researched the legendary civil rights leader and scholar W. E. B. DuBois more thoroughly than David Levering Lewis. His two volumes on the life of DuBois won him the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1994 and 2001; he is the only author to win two awards for biography for back-to-back volumes. A history professor at New York University, Lewis gave a lecture entitled “Two Giants of Resistance,” part of the “Justice and Injustice in 1950s America,” series at John Jay College. “Without DuBois’ militant ideals, mobilizing language and persistent demands for change,” said Prof. Lewis, referring to the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University, “President Obama’s audacious hopes would never have made him such a visionary.”
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