About this event

Data + Diversity is an event series for the Tableau Community that provides a platform for community conversations surrounding the challenges and solutions to diversity in data. Join us at this virtual event to learn more about the life, legacy and data visualizations of Black American civil rights activist, sociologist and writer W.E.B. DuBois. We'll also discuss how you can leverage modern day tools to talk about current events, and provide details on how to participating in the data visualization challenge centered around DuBois' work (#DuBoisChallenge2024).


- The Life and Data Portraits of W.E.B DuBois: Anthony Starks

- W.E.B. Du Bois Viz Spotlight: Chimdi Nwosu

- Panel Discussion

- The #DuBoisChallenge2024: Get the scoop on how to re-create, re-mix and post the visualizations W.E.B. Du Bois created for the 1900 Paris Exposition in this community data visualization challenge.

Who is W.E.B DuBois?

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a well known writer, sociologist, historian, and civil-rights activist. Today happens to be his birthday (we may or may not have planned that). He was born Feb 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. He completed his graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard — becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate. Commonly known as W.E.B. Du Bois, he was also a data visualization pioneer. While he is known for his collection of essays, Souls of Black Folks, he also architected the nation’s most sophisticated quantitative research on race and the black population. This research, now about 121 years old, is a data narrative of resilience and perseverance. This body of work consisting of 60 full-color charts, graphs, maps and tables laid the groundwork for his sociology program at Atlanta University. This is now recognized as the first school of American sociology. Du Bois is a man of many firsts and his data visualizations are no doubt groundbreaking.


  • Sekou Tyler

    Royal Blue Analytics


  • Rashid Minott

    Wells Fargo

    Senior Lead Analytics Consultant - Finance Reporting & BI Transformation

  • Anthony Starks

    Independent Developer/Designer

  • Chimdi Nwosu

    Data Visualization Designer/Developer

  • Allen Hillery

    Nonprofit Leader and Activist interested in Data Literacy through Community Empowerment|Educator | Podcast Host

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