152 years later: Myriad lessons surrounding Du Bois’ enduring legacy
When Randy Weinstein came to live in Great Barrington at the age of 18, he remembered Du Bois’ name being “surrounded by controversy, [and] disparaging [comments],” at the time, something for which Weinstein had zero tolerance.
Just two steps inside the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, an essential lesson awaits: instructions, from W.E.B. Du Bois himself, on how to pronounce his surname. “U as in You, Oi as in Boy, accent on last syllable,” reads the note, scrawled in black ink, at the bottom of a typewritten letter dated Sept. 21, 1933.
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