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A Nightingale for Dr. Du Bois

Nathaniel Washington and Fr. Joseph BrownThe department’s own Fr. Joseph Brown (pictured, right), professor of Africana Studies, recently portrayed Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois opposite Nathaniel Washington (pictured, left), as Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, in “A Nightingale for Dr. Du Bois,” an SIU Department of Theater production which played in McLeod Theater over a four-day engagement.

The production was presented in conjunction with the Department of Africana Studies, Africana Theater Lab and the Center for Inclusive Excellence, and represents just one of the ways department members—faculty, students and staff— contribute to the intellectual and social vitality of campus as a whole.

Directed by Professor Segun Ojewuyi, one of our affiliated faculty, the play was written by noted Nigerian playwright and poet Femi Osofisan, and examines the parallels between American and African struggles against racial oppression.

Founder of the NAACP, Du Bois was the first African American to graduate from Harvard with a doctorate degree. He is credited with writing the first books of African American sociology and history including the seminal works “The Souls of Black Folk,” and “The Philadelphia Negro.”

Students of all ethnicities are welcome to Africana Studies. Contact us today, and start forming your own legacy!