W. E. B. Du Bois: All signs indicate it’s time to forgive the great man’s flaws

Written Apr 29, 2016 by Scott Christianson in Berkshire Egdge

Great Barrington’s longstanding quandary over how to regard its most famous and most complex native son took another step forward Thursday (April 28) when Monument Mountain Regional High School launched the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series featuring a keynote address by one of the nation’s leading historians. David Levering Lewis, a distinguished professor of history […]

Signs of better angels in Great Barrington

Written Sep 3, 2015 by Randy F. Weinstein, The W.E.B. Du Bois Center in The Berkshire Eagle

To the editor: Like most people, I appreciate small things, especially when they impact our lives in meaningful ways. Take, for example, special road signage in Great Barrington. Since 2005, our community has worked together to approve, finance, and place signs at various town entrances announcing “The Birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois.” I must say, […]

Our Opinion: The evolution of Malcolm X was cut short

Written Feb 21, 2015 by Berkshire Eagle Editorial Staff in The Berkshire Eagle

The turbulent 1960s were marred by assassinations, which America reflects upon when significant anniversaries arrive. It was 50 years ago Saturday that Malcolm X was gunned down, and like all those prominent figures who died young we wonder what would have been different had they lived. Malcolm X was perceived as the anti-Martin Luther King […]

The post-Civil War roots of Du Bois’ work

Written Nov 5, 2014 by Telly Halkias in Hill Country Observer

Center explores context of a civil rights pioneer’s legacy W.E.B. Du Bois wasn’t born until three years after the Civil War ended, but the war and its aftermath were crucial in shaping the views of one of the nation’s first prominent African-American scholars and civil rights activists. With 2015 marking the 150th anniversary of the […]

Mahaiwe Cemetery, The Final Resting Place

Written Sep 30, 2014 by Tamar Gordon in Vimeo

Learning to Embrace a Native Son

Written Oct 6, 2014 by Cynthia Pease in The Moral Universe

The little corner of Massachusetts that nestles against the borders of New York and Connecticut in the Southern Berkshires is the site of much history to do with slavery and civil rights. Until fairly recent years, though, not many local people knew about that history. It is possible that they didn’t want to know. The […]

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 […]