Few people have had as large an impact on Black America as W.E.B. Du Bois.

Known as the scholar and activist who revolutionized the field of sociology, Du Bois also co-founded the NAACP and led the Pan-African Movement that promoted solidarity between Black leaders and people throughout the diaspora. He is often remembered for his achievements, as well as his differences with Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University).

Though Du Bois publicly disagreed with the head of one of the nation’s premier Black schools, this does not mean that he overlooked the value of HBCUs. On the contrary, Du Bois was a product of an HBCU education, a faculty member of a Black university for much of his career and a lifelong proponent of Black-led education.  

Here's what you should know about how he shaped — and was shaped by — HBCUs.