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Bringing Communities Together With the DuBois Challenge

Earlier this month, Sekou TylerAnthony Starks and myself launched a #DuBoisChallenge on Twitter. With Anthony’s github repository, we were able to curate a 10 week challenge where we’re asking participants to recreate Du Bois’ iconic visualizations. Our goal is to celebrate W.E.B. Du Bois as a data visualization pioneer and bring more recognition to his accomplishments. W.E.B. Du Bois is a well known author and civil rights activist but his accomplishments as a sociologist who leveraged data visualization to tell a narrative of resilience and perseverance for Black America is just beginning to gain traction mainstream.

Du Bois’s original visualizations, one for each of the 10 weeks. These plates range from line graphs, bar charts, pie charts, area charts all the way to the more advanced spiral graphs. 


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