A legacy of greatness: Community celebrates W.E.B. Du Bois’ 151st birthday
It’s now officially an annual event. The festival honoring the birthday of the town’s most famous resident is in its second year.
“Great Barrington has done in the last year what it took us 75 to 80 years to get around to — which is to really warmly welcome W.E.B Du Bois back home,” Selectman Ed Abrahams said in greeting the approximately 150 people who on Saturday afternoon (February 23) assembled in the First Congregational Church, where Du Bois, one of the most prominent African Americans of his time, had worshipped as a child.