W.E.B. Dubois Visits

Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, well-known scholar, philosopher and writer, spoke to the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades on February 14. His topic was freedom of opinion in the United States. In a short analysis of the fight for freedom of opinion throughout history, he showed that whenever a new idea arose it was met by suppression and condemnation, without being given a fair hearing. Dr. Dubois said that we must not only be tolerant of a new idea, but try to understand, explore, and debate it in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. To face a problem objectively, he added, we must have the time to find out for ourselves all sides to the question. In the question period following, he said he had no one solution to finding out the truth in the matter. It depends on the person, the time they have, and their own feeling about what is best.

—Bob Cohen, EI Student