"Du Bois's body lay in an open coffin which had been placed inside a makeshift African hut. He was surrounded by all the traditional symbols which are always present at the burial of an African chief, but consistent with his politics he was dressed in a suit which the Chinese leaders wear. Everyone passed the coffin quietly: all looked in; a few prayed; a Muslim leader changed a prayer in Arabic; a Ghanaian woman put a flower on his chest; a few cried; most were silent. I finally stood before him. I counted the lines in his face and recalled his smile of a few days past." - Inside cover
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