At service kicking off Du Bois festival, MLK Day speaker hits on complex roles of ‘agents of change’

Written Jan 15, 2018 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Egle

From the packed parish room at First Congregational Church, a call was made for grace, compassion, love and fearlessness. But one speaker at Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day interfaith service also dialed a wake-up call reminder of the messiness and reality of the struggle for all forms of equality, and the disservice done to […]

Anticipation builds as Great Barrington prepares to mark 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ birth

Written Jan 11, 2018 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — When W.E.B. Du Bois is on the agenda, it’s a happy night at Town Hall. Anticipation met excitement, and expressions of gratitude were abundant as a local group organizing a long festival for William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’ 150th birthday celebration got permission from the town Selectboard on Monday to hang banners […]

Great Barrington Town Hall Briefs: Du Bois celebration; Tim Drumm to retire; Blue Hill Road residents demand action

Written Jan 9, 2018 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

Du Bois 150th set to begin Monday, Jan. 15 Great Barrington — Plans to celebrate the 150th birthday of Great Barrington’s most famous resident have been finalized and will include a month’s worth of events and activities. Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, who directs Multicultural BRIDGE and co-chairs the Du Bois 150th Committee, was on hand in Town Hall […]

At last, images of civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois take their place in Town Hall

Written Oct 19, 2017 by Terry Cowgil in The Berkshire Edge

This year marks the 150th birthday of perhaps the most famous figure in Great Barrington history. The legendary scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois was born Feb. 23, 1868, so next year will mark what would have been his 150th birthday. In his honor, the town and Du Bois organizations are planning a […]

Notes On A Native Son

Written Dec 1, 2017 by Nichole Dupont in TownVibe Berkshire

Great Barrington finally embraces W.E.B. Du Bois On a Tuesday morning this past October, a handful of people—press, local officials, educators, activists—gathered at the town hall in Great Barrington to witness the presentation of two large, framed photos. One was a blown-up copy of a birth certificate for William E. Du Bois, born in the […]

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 […]