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In these first beginnings of the new life of the world, renew in us the resolution to persist in the good work we have begun. Give us strength of body and strength of mind and the unfaltering determination to carry out that which we know to be good and right. Forgive all wavering in the past service of Thy cause and make us strong to go for ward in spite of the doubts of our friends and our enemies and in spite of our own distrust in ourselves. Out of the death of winter comes ever and again the resurrection of spring: so out of evil bring good, O God, and out of doubt determination. Amen.
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) has been called the early-twentieth century’s most prominent activist on behalf of African Americans. Upon his death, he had published 17 books and edited numerous journals. Du Bois also edited the NAACP journal Crisis (1910-1934) and promoted Pan-Africanism. He travelled to Ghana in 1961 and, after being denied a new U.S. passport, he and his wife became citizens of Ghana, where Du Bois died.