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, […]

Our Opinion: The evolution of Malcolm X was cut short

Written Feb 21, 2015 by Berkshire Eagle Editorial Staff in The Berkshire Eagle

The turbulent 1960s were marred by assassinations, which America reflects upon when significant anniversaries arrive. It was 50 years ago Saturday that Malcolm X was gunned down, and like all those prominent figures who died young we wonder what would have been different had they lived. Malcolm X was perceived as the anti-Martin Luther King […]

The post-Civil War roots of Du Bois’ work

Written Nov 5, 2014 by Telly Halkias in Hill Country Observer

Center explores context of a civil rights pioneer’s legacy W.E.B. Du Bois wasn’t born until three years after the Civil War ended, but the war and its aftermath were crucial in shaping the views of one of the nation’s first prominent African-American scholars and civil rights activists. With 2015 marking the 150th anniversary of the […]