W. E. B. Du Bois is arguably the most important Black intellectual of the twentieth century and among the most important intellectual figures in modern African social thought. One of the founders of Pan-Africanism and a key figure in the postwar African liberation movement, he was champion of Africa and its people throughout his life. Despite this fact, his work on Africa has been underemphasized in scholarly writing about him. This book brings together for the first time Du Bois’s writings on Africa from the beginning of the twentieth century to his death in the early 1960s. Including over 50 magazine and journal articles, poems and book chapters, the works included in this volume clearly show not only Du Bois’s genius as a writer, but his profound understanding of how the quest for racial equality involved all of the people of African origin who suffered under colonial rule in Africa and in the Black disapora. The editors include a historical introduction, headnotes and a bibliography of Du Bois’s work on Africa.

chapter 1|19 pages


chapter 2|4 pages

To the Nations of the World

chapter 3|2 pages

The Color Line Belts the World

chapter 4|2 pages

A Day in Africa

chapter 5|5 pages

The First Universal Races Congress

chapter 6|7 pages


chapter 7|11 pages

The African Roots of the War

chapter 8|4 pages

The Negro’s Fatherland

chapter 9|1 pages

The Future of Africa

chapter 10|4 pages

Africa II

chapter 11|2 pages

French and Spanish

chapter 12|2 pages

Race Pride

chapter 13|3 pages


chapter 14|7 pages

To the World

chapter 15|7 pages

A Second Journey to Pan-Africa

chapter 16|2 pages

Africa for the Africans

chapter 17|8 pages

Back to Africa

chapter 18|2 pages

On Migrating to Africa

chapter 19|1 pages


chapter 20|3 pages

Africa: January 1, 1924

chapter 21|2 pages

The Place, the People

chapter 22|1 pages

African Manners

chapter 23|2 pages

Italy and Abyssinia

chapter 24|2 pages


chapter 25|6 pages

The Pan-African Congresses

chapter 26|33 pages

Africa—Its Place in Modern History

chapter 27|4 pages

Pan-Africa and New Racial Philosophy

chapter 28|15 pages

The Future of World Democracy

chapter 29|6 pages

“What Is Africa to Me?”

chapter 30|8 pages

The Disenfranchised Colonies

chapter 31|28 pages

The Rape of Africa

chapter 32|3 pages

“Suez” 1

chapter 33|4 pages

Ghana Calls

chapter 34|2 pages

Independent Movements in Africa

chapter 35|10 pages

Pan-Africanism: A Mission in My Life

United Asia, March 1955

chapter 36|5 pages

Africa Awakened

New Times, February 1959

chapter 37|3 pages

Lenin and Africa

Sovremennyi Vostok, No. 4, 1959

chapter 38|3 pages

Introduction to Nkrumah’s Address to the United Nations

September 1960

chapter 39|7 pages

Report to the Ghana Academy of Sciences

December 21, 1961

chapter 40|2 pages

Greetings to the World from Africa

January 1962

chapter 41|2 pages

First International Congress of Africanists

December 12, 1962