A legacy of greatness: Community celebrates W.E.B. Du Bois’ 151st birthday

Written Feb 24, 2019 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

It’s now officially an annual event. The festival honoring the birthday of the town’s most famous resident is in its second year. “Great Barrington has done in the last year what it took us 75 to 80 years to get around to — which is to really warmly welcome W.E.B Du Bois back home,” Selectman […]

New W. E. B. Du Bois exhibit highlights a Berkshires-grown ‘global citizen’

Written Jan 31, 2019 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

 It reads like a who’s who of American history. The list of important people W. E. B. Du Bois corresponded with includes presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, German novelist Thomas Mann, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, American novelist William Faulkner and perhaps the most famous scientist of all time, Albert Einstein. […]

Tracing the steps of civil rights giants: Du Bois Legacy Festival honors King

Written Jan 21, 2019 by Heather bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

Like an arrow, Martin Luther King Jr.’s urgings are still piercing human souls and stirring the question of how to harness the power to make the world more just. Love demanding justice, and justice demanding love, to paraphrase the civil rights leader, 51 years after he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. Click here to read […]

In Great Barrington, interfaith community celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘dream’

Written Jan 21, 2019 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

It may have been one of the most bitterly cold days in memory, but the oppressive weather could not extinguish the warmth and hope South County residents felt on the occasion of what would have been the 90th birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. About 70 people turned out Monday at the First Congregational […]

Du Bois and MLK: United in struggle

Written Jan 18, 2019 by Berkshire Eagle Opinion in The Berkshire Eagle

W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington in 1868, just five years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves and supposedly guaranteed equality for African-Americans. By 1956, 88 years had passed since that proclamation and Mr. Du Bois can be forgiven for bristling at the suggestion of Southern novelist William Faulkner that the […]

As festival again honors Du Bois, ‘controversial’ exhibit on display

Written Jan 15, 2019 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

On April 15, 1956, radio broadcaster Sidney Roger sent a telegram to Southern novelist William Faulkner, telling him that W.E.B. Du Bois was challenging him to a debate about civil rights in the wake of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the acquittal of his suspected killers by a white jury in Mississippi. Faulkner […]

Historic moment as Du Bois Legacy Committee kicks off in Great Barrington

Written Oct 16, 2018 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

He was hailed as an anchor of intellect and free thought amid a sea of racial upheaval and red-baiting. The U.S. government didn’t like him when he was alive. And neither did town officials of yesteryear, after he had died. But now W.E.B. Du Bois, Great Barrington-born and raised, has his very own committee at […]

Great Barrington Selectmen appoint Du Bois legacy panel

Written Sep 25, 2018 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

W.E.B. Du Bois, perhaps Great Barrington’s most famous resident, will have his legacy in the town perpetuated thanks to a newly formed committee that will meet regularly and oversee town events and programs honoring the legendary scholar and African-American civil rights activist. Last night in Town Hall, the selectboard appointed a roster of members who […]