W.E.B. DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois was born on Church Street in Great Barrington at the western edge of Massachusetts to Alfred Du Bois and Mary Silvina Burghardt Du Bois, whose February 5, 1867 wedding had been announced in the Berkshire Courier. The birthplace of Alfred Du Bois was San Domingo, Haiti. Their son was born one year later the following when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified, and added to the U.S. Constitution. Alfred Du Bois was descended from free people of color, descended from Dr. James Du Bois of Poughkeepsie, New York, a physician. In the Bahamas, Du Bois sired three sons, including Alfred, and a daughter of his slave mistresses.
Dubois was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.