Talique Taylor (he/him) is a Black queer theologian, writer and freelance journalist. A native of the West Side of Chicago, Talique is a student at the University of Illinois in creative writing and political science. He also serves as a lay minister and preacher in the Episcopal Church. He writes and edits a Substack entitled “The Liberator,” which focuses on politics and theology. 

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‘Telling the Truth and Exposing Evil’ With W.E.B. Du Bois

by Talique Taylor 09-13-2023

W.E.B. Du Bois by Winold Reiss, 1925, pastel on paper, from the National Portrait Gallery which has explicitly released this digital image under the CC0 license.

This year marks 60 years since the death of W.E.B. Du Bois, who lived from 1868-1963. We remember the late sociologist, educator, socialist activist, NAACP co-founder, and revolutionary academic for his work in resisting racial capitalism in the classroom, the streets, and the Black church.

I first encountered Du Bois in middle school in an old biography — its pages falling apart, its cover hanging on by a thread. The writing was just dense enough to offer me a challenge but not so difficult that I couldn’t understand it. Ultimately, it provided the intellectual and vocational awakening I needed.