Event celebrates Du Bois, county black experience


To the editor:

The Multicultural BRIDGE and Saint James Place are co-sponsoring an event in celebration of the role of W.E. B. Du Bois in the rich history and culture of the Berkshires. The public is invited to this free event at St James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. A panel of leaders and scholars from the black community in the Berkshires will address the stories that are not being told and the voices that are not being heard. Audience questions are encouraged so that we will be able to have an open discussion. Child care and snacks will be provided.

The panel includes Alfred K. Enchill, who is the district aide in the Berkshire County office of state Sen. Adam Hinds; Shirley Edgerton, M.Ed., who is a cultural competency coach, the founder and director of Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (ROPE), and the director of the Youth Alive Step Dance and Drum teams; Dr. Eden-Rene Hayes, Ph.D., associate professor, psychology, who is the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Bard College at Simon's Rock; Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D., who is a professor of history and former director of Women's Studies at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, and Dennis Powell, who is president of the Berkshire County unit of the NAACP, serves on the Pittsfield School Committee, the Steering Committee of the Four Freedoms Coalition, and the Steering Committee of the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series in Great Barrington, and is vice-chair of the Clinton Church Restoration Project.

Please be part of this important evening which is designed to expand understanding of the black experience in the Berkshires. For more information please contact Multicultural BRIDGE at 413-394-4029 or julianna@multiculturalbridge.org

Julianna Luna Vasquez


The writer is executive assistant, Multicultural BRIDGE.



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