Our Opinion: Du Bois gets his due in Great Barrington

Written Oct 18, 2017 by Editorial Staffa in The Berkshire Eagle

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the birth in Great Barrington of W.E.B. Du Bois, it’s encouraging to see the community fully embracing this towering intellectual, civil rights activist — this native son. A large, framed photo of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois will now hang permanently on a prominent wall in the stairwell […]

W.E.B. Du Bois’ legacy finds a home in Great Barrington’s Town Hall

Written Oct 17, 2017 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — Almost 150 years after his birth here, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is about to get what people say are his long-overdue props around town. And many more are on the way. The first stop in this effort was Town Hall on Tuesday. And it began with a large photo of W.E.B. […]

Civic group aims high for celebration of Du Bois’ 150th birthday

Written May 5, 2017 by Andrew D. Blechman in The Berkshire Edge

Great Barrington — A wide-ranging group of volunteers met in Town Hall this past weekend to discuss a blowout celebration for the 150th birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois, the civil rights pioneer and Great Barrington native. The committee is looking to aim high. Among the considerations was the possibility of inviting Michelle and Barack Obama […]

Our Opinion: NAACP leader fighting Du Bois’ familiar fights

Written Apr 28, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Berkshire Eagle

The battle against bigotry that Great Barrington native W.E.B. Du Bois, a founder of the NAACP, fought for decades is now being fought by NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks. It’s fitting then, that Mr. Brooks would speak Wednesday at Bard College of Simon’s Rock’s W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture in Great Barrington. Mr. Du Bois […]

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer to launch W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series

Written Apr 19, 2016 by Sharon Smullen in Berkshire Eagle

Genius is to be prized, says historian and biographer, David Levering Lewis, and W.E.B. Du Bois was an extraordinary mind. The author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of the civil rights pioneer will present “Du Bois’ Long Road Back to Great Barrington” as inaugural keynote speaker at the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series. The free […]

W. E. B. Du Bois: All signs indicate it’s time to forgive the great man’s flaws

Written Apr 29, 2016 by Scott Christianson in Berkshire Egdge

Great Barrington’s longstanding quandary over how to regard its most famous and most complex native son took another step forward Thursday (April 28) when Monument Mountain Regional High School launched the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series featuring a keynote address by one of the nation’s leading historians. David Levering Lewis, a distinguished professor of history […]

Signs of better angels in Great Barrington

Written Sep 3, 2015 by Randy F. Weinstein, The W.E.B. Du Bois Center in The Berkshire Eagle

To the editor: Like most people, I appreciate small things, especially when they impact our lives in meaningful ways. Take, for example, special road signage in Great Barrington. Since 2005, our community has worked together to approve, finance, and place signs at various town entrances announcing “The Birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois.” I must say, […]