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Donor Spotlight: Pentagram

“As designers and design educators, we hold W. E. B. Du Bois’s lifetime work—particularly his visualization of Black America—at the highest regard. The depth of the graphs not only demonstrates the power of design but distills a significant piece of American history that remains an important contemporary dialogue.

We applaud the Du Bois Center for its commitment to preserving, broadening, and deepening Du Bois’s lifelong achievements and cultivating a new generation of scholars who extend his legacy through their own critical work. We are honored to be a contributor to this pedagogical mission.”

Pentagram is the world’s largest independent design consultancy. Their work encompasses graphics and identity, products and packaging, exhibitions and installations, websites and digital experiences, advertising and communications, sound and motion. Its 24 partners are practicing designers, and whether working collaboratively or independently, they do so in friendship.

Donors to the W. E. B. Du Bois Center, like Pentagram, help the Libraries continue to offer graduate and post-doctoral fellowships to emerging scholars who wish to study Du Bois using primary source materials in the archives. Donors also make it possible for us to hire undergraduate students to work in the Center, and to support the work of our scholar in residence, Phillip Luke Sinitiere, who works tirelessly to uncover new areas of knowledge related to the life of Du Bois and his immense legacy.

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