Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963

Branch, Taylor

Simon & Schuster, 1989

p. 49

“W.E.B. DuBois, founder of the NAACP and editor for 24 year of its magazine, The Crisis, was brilliant, graceful as an essayist, and haughty in the extreme. Once, complimented on the honor of being Harvard’s first black Ph.D., DuBois is said to have replied icily: ‘The honor, I assure you, was Harvard’s.’”