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The Relevance And Redefining Of Du Bois's Talented Tenth: Two Centuries Later, L'Monique King Jun 2013

The Relevance And Redefining Of Du Bois's Talented Tenth: Two Centuries Later, L'Monique King

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

In 1903, philosopher and scholar William Edward Burghardt “W.E.B.” Du Bois expanded upon the concept of “Talented Tenth,” a term coined in an essay [circa 1896] by Reverend Henry Lyman Morehouse, minister and member of American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS). Garnering greater attention, Du Bois’s essay on Negro education, entitled “The Talented Tenth,” focused on a segment of the entire American Negro population instead of Morehouse’s inspiration of a fraction of the men of Augusta Institute (later renamed Morehouse College). From its conception, Du Bois’s essay would be scrutinized for its practicality and perceived ...