Du Bois, a black sociologist, historian, civil rights activist and co-founder of the NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.
Before dying at the age of 95 in 1963, DuBois was a famous African American leader, writer, educator and one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Du Bois - and spelled his name wrong.
To add just a bit more irony to this entire situation, the Education Department later tweeted out an apology for their error - but that message contained a typo too.
The posting was followed by a corrected version of the "DeBois" tweet. DeVos' confirmation only went through due to a tie-breaking vote in the Senate by Vice President Mike Pence. Du Bois' name in a tweet, then had a typo in a follow-up tweet apologizing for the first mistake. Many already have concerns about the future of US public education under DeVos, who has no personal experience either attending or sending her children to public schools.
On Friday, DeVos' third full day on the job, she was temporarily blocked by protesters from entering a District of Columbia public school.
"At the store", Robin McCauley Lynch, a Los Angeles teacher, replied.
And for DeVos, it seems, erasers may come in handy.