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W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was a professor of history, sociology, and economics at Atlanta University and one of the founders of the NAACP in 1909.
The Exposition Universelle of 1900, better known in English as the 1900 Paris Exposition, was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, in November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next.
Du Bois’s visualizations were part of the Exposition des Nègres d’Amérique (The Exhibit of American Negroes), an exhibit organized by newspaper editor Thomas Junius Calloway.
The goal of the exhibit was to tell the story of African Americans after Emancipation using a variety of items including texts, portraits, and data visualizations.
The exhibit highlighted the progress made by African Americans, and Du Bois, in particular, used data and visualizations to counter the “narrative of Black inferiority” and to humanize the African American experience.
Visualizations and photographs from the 1900 Paris Exposition are available in the Library of Congress digital collection.
Data collected by Du Bois’s sociology lab, government reports, and data from the United States Census by Du Bois and his students.
Used to create two sets of visualizations: one focusing specifically on the experience of African Americans in Georgia and one focusing on more national-level statistics and trends
Hand drawn using ink, watercolor, and graphite.
They stood out from other visualizations of the time with their bright colors and modern style, an intentional design choice by Du Bois to make more effectively convey the message to the Parisian audience.
For each of the following visualizations: Review the plot and provide an interpretation for it. Then, identify what is striking as well as features that are in line with common data visualization “best practices” vs. features that don’t conform to them. Discuss whether these help the point being made or not.
In February 2021, Allen Hillery, Athony Starks, and Sekou Tyler, started the #DuboisChallenge, and annual online challenge where participants use modern data visualization tools such as R, Python, Tableau, etc. to recreate the data visualizations by W.E.B. Du Bois.
The seven-week challenge included 10 out of the 63 visualizations in the original exhibit. Each week, participants were tasked with recreating one of the visualizations and there were three “bonus” visualization challenges. People used social media to share their recreations side-by-side with the originals using the tag #DuBoisChallenge, and many shared the code they used for the recreation.
The challenge took place again in February 2022 and it was featured in 2021 and 2022 as part of the weekly online data visualization event TidyTuesday (https://github.com/rfordatascience/tidytuesday).
The most prevalent type of visualizations created by W. E. B. Du Bois are bar charts, so the activities (
ae-12) will focus on recreating the following, seemingly simple, bar charts.
Battle-Baptiste, W., & Rusert, B. (Eds.). (2018). W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. Chronicle Books.
Recreations of Du Bois’s Data Portraits GitHub repository: github.com/ajstarks/dubois-data-portraits
Starks, A. (2019, August 21). Recreating W.E.B Du Bois’s Data Portraits. Medium. medium.com/nightingale/recreating-w-e-b-du-boiss-data-portraits-87dd36096f34
Starks, A. (2022, February 1). The #DuBois Challenge. Nightingale. nightingaledvs.com/the-dubois-challenge