Civic group aims high for celebration of Du Bois’ 150th birthday

Written May 5, 2017 by Andrew D. Blechman in The Berkshire Edge

Great Barrington — A wide-ranging group of volunteers met in Town Hall this past weekend to discuss a blowout celebration for the 150th birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois, the civil rights pioneer and Great Barrington native.

The committee is looking to aim high. Among the considerations was the possibility of inviting Michelle and Barack Obama to speak. Other suggestions included a life-size statue of Du Bois placed on Town Hall property, designating his birthday, Feb. 23, “Du Bois Day”, and choosing one of his books for an all-town or all-county read.

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