All invited to hear Warner Pacific president speak on W.E.B. Du Bois on Thursday

The university community is welcome to a special guest lecture by Warner Pacific University President Brian Johnson at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Hoover 105. He will present “W.E.B. Du Bois in African American Intellectual and Christian History.”

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, commonly known as W.E.B. Du Bois, was an intellectual, sociologist and civil rights activist whose contributions significantly impacted the African American struggle for equality and justice. Born in 1868, he became the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. He cofounded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and played a crucial role in advocating for civil rights, racial equality, and education.

Dr. Johnson has received a number of fellowships, including a 2004-2005 non-resident fellowship within the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies at Harvard University. That led him to author the biography, W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism, 1868-1934. In the book, Johnson describes the evolution of religious views from Du Bois’s birth until his resignation as editor of Crisis magazine in 1934.

Dr. Johnson is a sought-after speaker, accomplished professor, scholar and academic administrator. He serves as the first minority president in Warner Pacific University’s 83-year history. To learn more, visit this page.

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