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 […]

Tribute to Du Bois’ 150th birthday kicks off with new exhibit and youth involvement

Written Jan 19, 2018 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

The month-long celebration of the 150th birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois kicked off Thursday (Jan. 18) with a trifecta: the opening of an exhibit of the famous African-American scholar in the Mason Library, the unveiling of an alley mural celebrating his life, and a reading about Du Bois by young writers. The birthday events for […]

Make America Great, Du Bois-style: Unsent petition to JFK asks for sweeping changes

Written Jan 18, 2018 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

Nearly 50 years ago, someone wanted a U.S. president to make America great. A hard-hitting petition written in 1961 by W.E.B. Du Bois to John F. Kennedy — but never sent — mapped out what Du Bois said was the way to gain the world’s respect, and told Kennedy that African-Americans held great hope that […]

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 […]