Happy birthday, W.E.B. Du Bois
Today is a historic day in the life of our community. On this day, the town of Great Barrington has etched into law a fitting, if long overdue, tribute to its native son W.E.B. Du Bois.
This unprecedented measure is even more remarkable knowing, as we do, that there was a time in our community when the mere mention of his name raised establishment eyebrows.
In fact, Du Bois was largely whitewashed from our local history and classrooms, a victim of the systemic racism he had spent his life fighting.
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