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 Book by DYC Education Professor Looks at the Life of W.E.B. Du Bois

Book by DYC Education Professor Looks at the Life of W.E.B. Du Bois

Hilary A. Lochte, PhD, chair of the Education Department, authored the children's book, targeted at 3rd and 4th grade readers.

Buffalo, New York – November 10, 2015 – Hilary A. Lochte, PhD, chair of the D’Youville College Education Department, is the author of a new children’s book titled, W.E.B. Du Bois, that details his life and roles in founding the NAACP and the Niagara Movement.

DuBois (1868-1963) tackled the question of the early 20th century: How could African Americans gain equal footing with whites in the U.S.? He studied the social conditions of African Americans for more than a decade before espousing protest and agitation as vehicles for change.

William Edward Burghardt “W.E.B.” DuBois was an American sociologist, historian civil rights activist, author and editor. He attended Fisk University, completed graduate work at Humboldt University of Berlin and Harvard College where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate. He later became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University.

He was the founder of the Niagara Movement, a group of 29 African American leaders, whose goal was to discuss ways to fight segregation. They had to meet in in Niagara Falls, Canada as “he found the segregated hotels in Buffalo unacceptable.”

DuBois helped the NAACP grow into a powerful force in the fight for civil rights, according to the book.

“This work of non-fiction is targeted at 3rd and 4th grade readers and is part of a six book series by Gareth Stevens Publishing called Heroes of Black History,” Lochte said. “It was an honor and a challenge to make DuBois’ complex life and ideas understandable for an elementary school audience.”

The oversize 32-page book is has a number of rare photographs of DuBois and the time period in which he lived. It is an excellent work for a young person and provides an introduction into the work and civil rights efforts of W.E.B. DuBois, a seminal figure in U.S. civil rights history.

Lochte joined D’Youville in 1999 as an associate professor of education teaching graduate courses in children’s literature and critical issues in multiculturalism. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University at Buffalo

The book was published by New York City based Gareth Stevens Publishing.


Dr. Hilary A. Lochte

Phone: 716-829-8110