Du Bois Center merits recognition

Written Sep 8, 2014 by Alan Schiff in Berkshire Eagle

I am a former Pittsfield resident and though I moved away 40 years ago, I have returned to the Berkshires once or twice each year with my family. Over the course of those years, we have poked into many corners of the county, biked miles of back roads, and joyfully returned to the countless cultural […]

Du Bois comes home from the grave

Written May 20, 2014 by Scott Christianson in Berkshire Edge

On Saturday, July 12, officials from the Town of Great Barrington, the University of Massachusetts and local residents are expected to pay their respects at Mahaiwe Cemetery as the great-grandson of W.E.B. Du Bois comes from Colorado to dedicate a headstone to his grandmother, Nina Yolande Du Bois Williams (1900-1961), more than 50 years after she […]

On the Prowl: Berkshire booksellers never stop hunting

Written Aug 1, 2013 by Nichole Dupont in Berkshire Magazine

BY BOOK-TRADER STANDARDS, Eric Wilska started a little late in life—high school. According to him, his reading and collecting began in earnest with an old copy of an Ambrose Bierce book. “When I went to college—you know how kids bring their clothes and bedding—well, I had a trunk full of books that I dragged around […]

Letter from 1863 reveals Mass. 54th’s fight for equal pay

Written Jul 7, 2013 by Andrew Amelinckx in The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON The letter is written in a neat hand by Gov. John A. Andrew to a Boston abolitionist and U.S. senator calling attention to the plight of the black soldiers of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers to get paid the same as whites for their military service during the Civil War. Crisply white […]

Berkshire Festival Celebrates African-American History

Written Jun 27, 2013 by Jeremy Goodwin in New England Public Radio

Listen to the show here Berkshire County may not be the first place one would expect a wide-ranging celebration of African-American heritage–its black population is only three percent, a little more than a third of that of the commonwealth as a whole. But a summer-long festival is throwing light on the region’s history. In Great […]

Du Bois Center to celebrate Juneteenth in Great Barrington

Written Jun 13, 2013 by Raechel I. Kelley in North Adams Transcript

GREAT BARRINGTON — On June 19 in 1865, cries of freedom and liberty flooded the streets of Galveston, Texas, as residents finally learned the civil war was over and slavery had been abolished. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became effective in 1963, it wasn’t until the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in 1865 that the new […]

Du Bois Center marks end of slavery

Written Jun 12, 2013 by Brian J. Trautman in Berkshire Eagle

The struggle to end slavery in the United States will be commemorated in a lively celebration on Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Du Bois Center, Great Barrington. The event kicks off the second annual Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival, a month long celebration of African-American culture and heritage in the Berkshires. Opening in 2006, […]

Hometown visit highlights evolving view of Du Bois’ legacy

Written Mar 5, 2013 by Jeremy Goodwin in New England Public Radio

A homecoming put a personal touch on the region’s African-American history, when the great-grandson of scholar and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois made his first-ever visit to his predecessor’s hometown, where the community’s relationship with its famous son is still evolving. Great Barrington, Massachusetts was good to W.E.B. Du Bois: he was born and […]