Elder Edward O. DuBose was born in Atlanta Georgia, the third oldest of ten children to Carnell and Margie DuBose. He received his early education through the Atlanta Public School system, graduating from Harper High School in June 1976. He joined the United States Army on March 21, 1977, where he would go on to complete 21 years of honorable service, retiring on March 21, 1998.
He has an Associate Degree in General Education, an Associate and Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration, and a Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychology.
In addition, Elder DuBose is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and the American Counseling Association. He is also registered as a Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute resolution and has received certificates in Civil as well as Family and Domestic Relations Mediation.
Elder DuBose is the Owner of Everlasting Peace Counseling and Support services which provides mental health counseling to at-risk youth and families throughout the state of Georgia and Alabama.
He served seven years as President of the Columbus Georgia Branch NAACP, eight years as President of the Georgia State Conference NAACP, and is currently in his 4thterm as a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.
He is the first Georgia State Conference NAACP President in its 75-year history to be elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors.
A few of Elder Edward O. DuBose's many accomplishments include:
- Organized and led the largest protest march in Columbus Georgia History (MLK Holiday observance, January 2005) – rallying people to call for justice for the shooting death of Kenneth Walker.
- Organized and led the Douglas County Georgia Branch NAACP in conducting the first protest March in the county's history rallying over five thousand people which resulted in Genarlow Wilson being freed from prison in a National Case that became known as the Douglasville six.
- Under Elder DuBose's leadership, three individuals serving life sentences and two serving over 10 years were all freed in less than eight years (Genarlow Wilson, Carolyn Brown, William Jonathon Mayo, John McNeil, Nathan Dwight, and Lathan Word)
- Elder DuBose Led the Georgia State Conference NAACP along with other organizations in securing a lawsuit Settlement from the Georgia Secretary of State Office (2006) allowing organizations to continue registering voters
- He also Led the Georgia State Conference NAACP in securing a landmark Voter Registration lawsuit settlement (2012) against the State of Georgia to ensure that voter registration is offered to all public assistance/low-income applicants.
Elder DuBose has received numerous awards for his work as a Civil Rights leader. Some of these awards include but are not limited to the following:
- Chosen by the Courier Eco Latino Magazine Editorial Board as one of its awardees in its first annual Edition of WHO'S Who of African American & Hispanics community.
- E3 Magazine 4thAnnual Spirit of Excellence Humanitarian Award
- Named Georgia Informers 2013 Man of the Year
- Columbus Georgia NAACP President's Award
- Cobb County Georgia NAACP Community Service Award
- Cobb County Georgia Branch President
- AT&T Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legend Award
- Selected by Columbus State University as a recipient of the Dr. Townsend Achievement Award
- Named one of Georgia's 16 most Influential Blacks in South Georgia
- Men's Progressive Club Man of the Year award
- Liberty County Georgia NAACP Branch President's Award
- Liberty County Georgia NAACP Branch Image Award
- Augusta Georgia Branch NAACP Drum Major for Justice Award
- Augusta Georgia NAACP Branch President's Award
- The Courier Eco Latino Community Service Award
- Debouch Chapter of the American Businesswomen Association Business Associate Award for outstanding service to the community
- Named one of Georgia's 50 most Influential Men by the Georgia Informer
- 3-time Georgia State Conference President's Award recipient
- Kelly M. Alexander Sr. Memorial Leadership Award
- Columbus Georgia Branch NAACP leadership Award
- Georgia American Civil Liberties (ACLU) Award
- 7th Annual Malcolm X Leadership Award
Elder DuBose is married to Cynthia DuBose – his wife of 37 years. They have three beautiful daughters Cynthia Harris, Casonya Glover, and Kimberly DuBose.