W.E.B. Du Bois Birthday Celebration

Written Mar 7, 2018 by Bard College At Simon's Rock in YouTube

These six videos of performances and talks from the Du Bois 150th Birthday Celebration are available to watch on YouTube: – Du Bois 150th Birthday Celebration Welcome – Give Your Hands to Struggle performed by Paloma McGregor – Sounding The Trumpet: A performance by trombonist Craig Harris – Prologue to Greatness: David Levering Lewis on […]

‘Let’s celebrate Du Bois’: Community gathers for 150th birthday celebration

Written Feb 25, 2018 by Kristin Palpini in The Berkshire Eagle

Native son W.E.B. Du Bois, or Willy as he was known locally, finally came home Friday after a long time away. The day’s events marked the culmination of months of community celebrations, film screenings, educational lectures, and art marking W.E.B. Du Bois’ 150th birthday, which would have fallen on Feb. 23. Click here to read […]

From humble beginnings, Du Bois changed world

Written Feb 20, 2018 by Joe Grochmal in The Berkshire Eagle

On Friday, the town of Great Barrington will celebrate the 150th birthday of one of its most important and influential residents, William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois. Friday evening, at an event I’m looking forward to attending, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will host an evening honoring this man and his legacy. An […]

A well-earned celebration of Great Barrington’s Du Bois

Written Feb 21, 2018 by Opinion in The Berkshire Eagle

President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Reverend Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream Speech” in 1963 were in a sense bookends to a tumultuous century for African-Americans, one marked by great progress and terrible disappointments. W.E.B. Du Bois, born in Great Barrington, was alive for all but five years of that […]

Our Opinion: A chance to revisit naming school for W.E.B. Du Bois

Written Feb 9, 2018 by - in The Berkshire Eagle

As Great Barrington celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois, it is apparent that a town that was slow to embrace the remarkable legacy of its native son has now done so. That process would perhaps be complete if Great Barrington and the Berkshire Hills School District undid a wrong from […]

The 150th Commemoration of W.E.B. Du Bois’ Birth and His Letter to John F. Kennedy

Written Feb 6, 2018 by Howard Lisnoff in Counterpunch

A week into John Kennedy’s presidency, the great civil rights leader and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois typed a letter to the new president. The letter is among the massive scholarly work of Du Bois at the University of Massachusetts and is now on display in a glass case at the Mason Library in Great Barrington, […]

W.E.B. Du Bois’ roots as a teenager reporter

Written Jan 26, 2018 by Bernard A Drew in The Berkshire Eagle

An ambitious mix of programs in Great Barrington celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of noted social justice activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Hats off to Randy Weinstein, Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant and others for the array of perspectives on the town native’s life. You can glimpse the bedrock of Du Bois’s investigative prowess as a […]

Art in honor: W.E.B. Du Bois mural goes up in Great Barrington

Written Jan 19, 2018 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

They packed the alley for the native son. At the downtown unveiling of a new mural honoring W.E.B. Du Bois, around 100 people came for the big impact of a little mural in a small-town alley — now known as Du Bois Alley. The mural and local celebration of the Du Bois’ legacy is “long […]