Du Bois Legacy Festival to honor the Great Barrington native black scholar, civil rights leader

Written Feb 20, 2020 by Heather Bellow in Berkshire Eagle

In his book, “The Souls of Black Folk,” W.E.B. Du Bois talks about a kind of racist treachery that lives in sterilized language.

“Instead of saying directly, `How does it feel to be a problem?’ they say, `I know an excellent colored man in my town.'”

That book about the African American experience was published in 1903. But its lessons still live on, even in Great Barrington, where some residents since the 1950s have recoiled at Du Bois’ memory after the NAACP co-founder joined the American Communist Party late in life.

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