A well-earned celebration of Great Barrington’s Du Bois

Written Feb 21, 2018 by Opinion in The Berkshire Eagle

President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Reverend Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream Speech” in 1963 were in a sense bookends to a tumultuous century for African-Americans, one marked by great progress and terrible disappointments. W.E.B. Du Bois, born in Great Barrington, was alive for all but five years of that period, and he was a critical player in it as both a chronicler of the African-American experience and a shaper of that experience.

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