Editorial Rooms of
70 Fifth Avenue, New York
Advancement of Colored People
W.E. Burghardt Du Bois
January 31, 1916.
My dear Young:
Thank you for your good
and encouraging words. I think we will
make the dinner on the twenty-third.
The case of the full dress is
this: If a colored man dresses up when the
occasion does not call for it then white
people criticize him. On the other hand, if
he should not dress when the occasion did call
not only would white people say that he did
not know any better, but the colored people
would feel hurt. In Boston undoubtedly
there are going to be present some army or
staff officers in uniform. If you do not
appear in uniform the colored people will es-
pecially resent it. Personally I always follow
that rule. For instance, at Wilberforce I
put on all my silken academic gown for the Com-
mencement procession. On the other hand, of
course, I am very careful not to dress when oc-
casion does not call for it.
Please then follow my advice
this time and bring along the full dress uni-
form. I am waiting anxiously for the pictures.
I wish the wife could come along with you.
With best love to all,
Major Charles Young. W.E.B. DuBois