Norm’s note: or . . . you can read “Socialism and the American Negro,” here.
Also by W. E. B. Du Bois (1903), The Souls of Black Folk, in .pdf.
Note: the recording of Du Bois’ speech is interupted near the end, and what is missing is the following few lines:
[…] This is a part of the system which many of you defend; Americans have 350 million dollars invested in South Africa. Two and a half times as much as they had ten years ago. This investment must make profit even as England’ s April does. For our profits the Blacks must work for what we offer. Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden chant Jew and Christian and I will give you hell. Take my yoke upon you or I will bash your Black faces in. Listen to the winds, listen to the whale (sic) of death and weep.
Published on May 25, 2015
W.E.B. DuBois (sic) Speaks! Socialism and the American Negro. The venerable W. E. B. DuBois (sic) (1868-1963), historian and activist, gives an address to the Wisconsin Socialist Club in Madison on socialism and the struggle of Black people in America. This speech was given on April 9, 1960 when DuBois was over 90 years of age and just months before his removal to Africa where he died [in] Ghana on August 27, 1963 at the age of 95.
In the speech Du Bois asserts that African Americans must learn the truth about socialism that they may “preserve their culture, get rid of poverty, ignorance and disease, and help America live up at least to a shadow of its vain boast as the land of the free and the home of the brave.”