From humble beginnings, Du Bois changed world
On Friday, the town of Great Barrington will celebrate the 150th birthday of one of its most important and influential residents, William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois. Friday evening, at an event I’m looking forward to attending, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will host an evening honoring this man and his legacy. An African-American sociologist, activist and writer, Du Bois was instrumental, through his ceaseless study, writing and advocacy, in fighting for civil rights for the African-American community. Du Bois’ legacy is complex, yet certainly worthy of our attention.