Two Titans of Afro America History Letters
Edward H. Morris
(born: 1858 – died: 1943)
Born in Flemingsburg, KY, Edward H. Morris was the fifth African American lawyer admitted to the Illinois Bar. He was an attorney in charge of taxes for Cook County, Illinois, and a member of the Illinois Legislature. Morris introduced the School Teacher’s Pension Bill, which became law. Also, during his tenure, a law was passed legalizing slave marriages for the purpose of inheritance. Edward Morris was the son of Hezekiah (a slave) and Elizabeth Morris (free) and the brother of William R. Morris. After Hezekiah’s death, the family moved first to Cincinnati, OH, then on to Chicago, IL. Edward Morris was a graduate of St. Patrick’s College (Chicago) and was admitted to the Chicago Bar in 1879.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts,Willia and died August 27, 1963. He was given a state funeral on August 29–30, 1963, at Nkrumah’s request, and was buried near the western wall of Osu Castle, then the seat of government in Accra.
Edward Burghardt Du Bois was best known as one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Du Bois had risen to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African American activists that wanted equal rights for blacks.
Letter from Past Grand Master Edward H. Morris of The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America in Jurisdiction to W.E.B. Dubois