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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
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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. 

Dwight Evans

Congressman Dwight Evans represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South and Center City Philadelphia. He was first elected in a special election in November 2016. Before that, he served as a state representative for 36 years, and earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader who knows how to put public policy above politics and make ideas matter.

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