David Graham Du Bois was born
in Seattle, Washington, USA, and grew up in African Methodist Episcopal church parsonages
around the state of Indiana under the guidance of his maternal grandparents. He served as
a 2nd Lt., Infantry in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Second World War.
After the war Du Bois attended
and graduated from Hunter College in New York City majoring in Sociology. He earned the
M.A. degree from New York University in Western Hemisphere History.
Following a years' study in
the Chinese language at Peking University, People's Republic of China, Du Bois took up
residence in Cairo, Egypt in 1960. He lectured at Cairo University in American Literature;
was News Editor of THE EGYPTIAN GAZETTE; was reporter and Features Editor for the Middle
East News and Features Service agency; announcer and program writer for Radio Cairo's
English language transmissions to North America, and, North African public relations
consultant to the Ghana Government under President Kwame Nkrumah.
In 1972, Du Bois returned to
the U.S. where he lectured at the School of Criminology, University of California,
Berkeley in African-American Studies.
From 1973 through 1975, Du
Bois was Editor-in-Chief of THE BLACK PANTHER, the weekly newspaper of the Black
Panther Party published in Oakland, California.
A novel, AND BID HIM SING,
authored by Du Bois and based on the experiences of African-Americans in Egypt in the
period leading up to the 1967 war, was published in 1973, by Rampart Press, Palo Alto,
Du Bois returned to Egypt in
1977, and now makes Cairo his second home. He is an Associate Editor of the San
Francisco-based Pacific News Service, and returns to the University of
Massachusetts, at Amherst, Massachusetts Spring semesters as Visiting Professor in
Journalism and African-American Studies.
Dr. Du Bois is the founding
President of the W. E. B. Du Bois Foundation, Inc., honoring his step-father,
member of the Management Committee of the W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for
Pan-African Culture located in Accra, Ghana, West Africa, and Member of the Council
of the China-Du Bois Study Centre located in Beijing, China.
Du Bois is currently
completing a memoir on race in America tentatively entitled THE THIRD RAIL: Racism
and Racists In America. He is a naturalized citizen of Ghana.