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William Edward Burghardt DuBois, better known as W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His great-grandfather was a slave owner and his great-grandmother was

one of the slaves.

In 1895, W.E.B. DuBois became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Not long after, DuBois moved to Philadelphia, living off of 6th and South, where a historical marker now stands. There, he published his landmark study — the first case study of an African-American community — "The Philadelphia Negro" :

A Social Study, marking the beginning of his expansive writing career. In the study, he coined the phrase "the talented tenth," a term that describes the likelihood of one in 10 black men becoming leaders of their race. DuBois wrote extensively and was the best-known spokesperson for African-American rights during the first half of the 20th century.


Dr. Walter D. Palmer
The W.D. Palmer Foundation

Dr. Walter D. Palmer has been advocating for at-risk communities, providing leadership education and training, and promoting anti-racism since 1955. His contributions to society have shaped the minds of millions over the decades and he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Shareef Abdul-Malik
Founder/CEO of We Buy Black
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Shareef Abdul-Malik is the CEO/Founder of We Buy Black, the largest e-commerce platform for black-owned businesses. His enormous passion for economic growth in the black community and contributions to society have impacted millions making him a key figure in today's culture. 


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