By Charisse Burden-Stelly
In 1950 at the age of 82, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois accepted the American Labor Party’s nomination to run for the New York seat of the U.S. Senate. Regarding this decision, his second wife, Shirley Graham, wrote: “The fact that you have done this now is conclusive proof of your own in[n]ate greatness. You accept the historic role in which events have cast you!” (Du Bois Papers, Shirley Graham Du Bois to W.E.B. Du Bois, Sept. 1, 1950).