Hopkins’ President, Daniel Coit Gilman, also heads the Slater Fund, an organization established by industrialist John Slater to advance the education of Blacks. W.E.B. DuBois is studying at the University of Berlin with a fellowship from the fund. In April 1894, Gilman responds to DuBois’ request for an extension of financial support to complete his Ph.D. work, informing DuBois that the fellowship allowing him to study in Berlin will not be extended. Gilman advises DuBois to return to Harvard. DuBois’ biographer, David Levering Lewis, speculates that Gilman questioned the value of advanced scholarly study by Negroes. Despite Gilman’s termination of the fellowship, DuBois becomes the preeminent Black scholar of the Twentieth Century.
View correspondence between W.E.B. DuBois and Hopkins’ President Daniel Coit Gilman.
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