Honoring the Great Shirley Graham DuBois - Playwright, Author & Organizer



In honor of Women’s History Month, I pay tribute to one of the greatest women of the 20th Century - Shirley Graham Dubois. Ms. DuBois was the wife of the great Pan-African Organizer and Scholar, W. E. B. DuBois, who both became citizens of Ghana, West Africa, in 1961, under the leadership of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah.


Ms. Dubois was an award-winning playwright, composer, and activist for people of African descent around the world and for oppressed people everywhere. She was the author of over a dozen books, including Gamal Abdul Nasser, Son of the Nile, (Third Press, 1974) and Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable: Founder of Chicago, (J. Messner, 1971).


While there is much I can say about Ms. DuBois, nothing can replace hearing from her in her own words. Here is a speech given by Ms. DuBois at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1970 entitled, “Peace with Justice!” Please share it with others.