Our Opinion: A chance to revisit naming school for W.E.B. Du Bois

Written Feb 9, 2018 by - in The Berkshire Eagle

As Great Barrington celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois, it is apparent that a town that was slow to embrace the remarkable legacy of its native son has now done so. That process would perhaps be complete if Great Barrington and the Berkshire Hills School District undid a wrong from 14 years ago that in retrospect was the last vestige of the town’s reluctance to accept its link to Mr. Du Bois and honor that connection.

A festival honoring Mr. Du Bois, organized by a committee chaired by longtime Du Bois champions Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant, got underway with a variety of events on January 15. The celebration culminates on February 23, which would have been the 150th birthday of the African-American civil rights leader, scholar and author.

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