Honoring Dr. Du Bois, No. 2, 1968
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Dr. King delivered the Centennial Address at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 23, 1968, the one hundredth anniversary of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois's birth. The International Cultural Evening sponsored by Freedomways magazine launched an international year of celebration honoring the life and work of Dr. Du Bois. This was one of the last major speeches Dr. King gave before his assassination.
Tonight we assemble here to pay tribute to one of the most remarkable men of our time.
Dr. Du Bois was not only an intellectual giant exploring the frontiers of knowledge, he was in the first place a teacher. He would have wanted his life to teach us something about our tasks of emancipation.
One idea he insistently taught was that Black people have been kept in oppression and deprivation by a poisonous fog of lies that depicted them as inferior, born deficient and deservedly doomed to servitude to the grave. So assiduously has this poison been injected into the mind of America that its disease has infected not only whites