W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. W. E. B. Du Bois played a large role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. W. E. B. Du Bois was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement. Du Bois figures among eminent sociologists of the world.