‘Sacred ground’: Event pays tribute to 1969 dedication of Du Bois memorial

Written Oct 18, 2019 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

The wind piercing, they shivered while standing on “sacred ground,” holding holy a slice of homeland that never was forgotten by the man who spent his childhood at this place. It was the Burghardt farmstead, that of his maternal grandfather, that anchored the African American scholar, poet and activist W.E.B. Du Bois no matter where […]

Our Opinion: 50 years later, who is the communist sympathizer?

Written Oct 17, 2019 by editor in The Berkshire Eagle

A look back at the furor surrounding Great Barrington’s dedication of the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Home Site a half-century ago reveals some juicy ironies. The Cold War was still raging in 1969 and Mr. Du Bois’ dalliances with communism and the Soviet Union were highly controversial. (“Events to make half-century since Du Bois site […]

Great Barrington to mark 50 years since Du Bois Boyhood Homesite dedication

Written Oct 16, 2019 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

At the height of the civil rights struggle in 1969, anything honoring scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois wasn’t going to be easy. But 50 years later, it’s all turned around. And on Friday, the dedication of the Du Bois Boyhood Homesite off Route 23 will be celebrated by the town with talks, […]

Indigenous Peoples Day OK’d in Great Barrington

Written Oct 4, 2019 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

Select Board replaces Columbus Day in town. The town last week became the sixth in the state to officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated on the second Monday of every October. On Sept. 23, Select Board members signed a proclamation that made the change, and will, in future, coincide with events and […]

Great Barrington to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

Written Oct 3, 2019 by Heather Bellow in The Berkshire Eagle

The town last week became the sixth in the state to officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated on the second Monday of every October. On Sept. 23, Select Board members signed a proclamation that made the change, and will, in future, coincide with events and celebrations to honor the indigenous people of […]

50th Anniversary Boyhood Homesite Commemoration

Written Oct 1, 2019 by Randy Weinstein, Chair, Great Barrington W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee in

A legacy of greatness: Community celebrates W.E.B. Du Bois’ 151st birthday

Written Feb 24, 2019 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

It’s now officially an annual event. The festival honoring the birthday of the town’s most famous resident is in its second year. “Great Barrington has done in the last year what it took us 75 to 80 years to get around to — which is to really warmly welcome W.E.B Du Bois back home,” Selectman […]

New W. E. B. Du Bois exhibit highlights a Berkshires-grown ‘global citizen’

Written Jan 31, 2019 by Terry Cowgill in The Berkshire Edge

 It reads like a who’s who of American history. The list of important people W. E. B. Du Bois corresponded with includes presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, German novelist Thomas Mann, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, American novelist William Faulkner and perhaps the most famous scientist of all time, Albert Einstein. […]