The Talented Tenth – Definition

Dr. W.E.B Du Bois made the phrase “the talented tenth” popular in 1903 when he used it to describe that one in 10 black men will receive a higher education. He argued that it was the responsibility of those educated individuals to foster social change in their communities. BGSA has responded to and redefined  Dr. Du Bois’ call for action. We, the Purdue Talented Tenth, represent21st-century leaders, scholars, and activists dedicated to using our academic training to transform the boundaries of the academy and our communities.