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Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee Up And Running

Cornelius Marion Battey
United States Library of Congress
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1918

Back in September, Great Barrington, Massachusetts formalized a committee dedicated to continuing the work of one of its most celebrated residents: W.E.B. Du Bois. The move came a year after the 150th birthday celebration of the famed civil rights activist and author. Gwendolyn Van Sant is one of the committee’s 12 members. She tells WAMC that the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee is now unveiling the first fruits of its efforts – including a staged presentation at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.