Scholars, community members, and local politicians will convene at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Mason Library in celebration of the life and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois.
Du Bois, a scholar, a champion of civil rights, and an international activist for peace, was born in Great Barrington in 1868. The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Du Bois’s death on Aug. 27, 1963.
Residents and officials will read excerpts from their favorite works by Du Bois. At 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, there will be a program with musical selections and readings, followed by a keynote address from Professor Amilcar Shabazz of the University of Massachusetts Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.
Members of the Working Committee of the Du Bois National Historic Site will also make a brief presentation on recent work at the Homesite in Egremont. Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.
The day will conclude with guided tours of the Du Bois Homesite where Du Bois’ boyhood home once stood. The self-guided Du Bois in Great Barrington Trail, highlighting 17 locations around town associated with Du Bois, will also be available.
The sponsors will have a table at Summerfest, taking place in downtown Great Barrington from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with books, brochures and more information about DuBois.
Contact Wray Gunn at email@example.com to RSVP or register for a guided tour of the homesite.