The W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in 2009 to engage the nation and the world in discussion and scholarship about the global issues involving race, labor and social justice. The Center presents an interdisciplinary approach to the intersections among African American culture and history, social justice and labor relations which opens this research to new insights and evaluation in light of the issues confronting people throughout the world today.

By making its resources readily available and accessible to the public, the Center holds fast to the scholarly tradition and spirit of its namesake, W. E. B. Du Bois, a Massachusetts native son, who was pivotal to the social and political debates on race, class and culture of the 20th century.

The Center continues this tradition in four areas: the Fellows Program; the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers and subsequent scholarship; Educational Outreach; and the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite, of which UMass Amherst is the steward.