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Harvard choir that rejected W.E.B. Du Bois pays him tribute

March 2, 2019
FILE - In this April 22, 1949 file photo, W.E.B. Du Bois, educator, writer and co-chairman of the U.S. delegation, addresses the World Congress of Partisans of Peace at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, France. A Harvard University choir group that rejected author W.E.B. Du Bois when he was a student because he was black will be celebrating his work through a musical tribute. The Harvard Glee Club will perform a concert inspired by Du Bois' 1903 book "The Souls of Black Folk" on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Cambridge campus. (AP Photo, File)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University choir group that rejected author W.E.B. Du Bois when he was a student because he was black will celebrate his work through a musical tribute.

The Harvard Glee Club will perform a concert inspired by Du Bois’ 1903 book “The Souls of Black Folk” on Saturday at the Ivy League school’s Cambridge campus.

The book begins its chapters with musical notations from black spirituals alongside European poems. The concert will feature some of the same spirituals alongside European choral pieces.

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’ birth in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1895, He became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard.

While at Harvard, Du Bois auditioned for the Glee Club but was turned away by the all-white group.

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