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 in his honor, in the town where he was born and raised.

Those will go up soon in the downtown area and near his Boyhood Homesite off Route 23.

The approval was just one step in the kickoff for a festival that will run from Jan. 15 to Feb. 23 to honor the African-American scholar, civil rights leader and author.

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