February 23 in freethought history…

webduboisFebruary 23, 1868 - Author, academic and African-American activist W. E. B. Du Bois is born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He was a co-founder of the NAACP and the author of such highly regarded works as The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction in America. Unlike most prominent civil rights leaders of the 20th century, Du Bois was not closely associated with organized religion. A freethinker since early adulthood, Du Bois rubbed his Atlanta University colleagues the wrong way when he refused requests to lead public prayers. He died in Ghana in 1963, aged 95.

February 23, 1950 – Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein is born Rebecca Newberger in White Plains, New York. She is the author of several books, including the nonfiction Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away and the novel Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God. Goldstein’s many awards include the National Humanities Medal and a genius grant from the MacArthur Fellows Program. She was named Humanist of the Year in 2011 by the American Humanist Association.

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