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Great Barrington Holding Third Annual Du Bois Birthday Celebration

Josh Landes
Gwendolyn VanSant

Three years ago, Great Barrington, Massachusetts created the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee in honor of the town native’s 150th birthday. Organizers say the black writer, activist, and scholar is still having an impact on America today. This weekend, the committee is continuing its exploration of his commitment to progressive education, civil rights, economic justice, and racial equality and equity with its third annual Du Bois birthday event. Gwendolyn VanSant is the vice chair of the Du Bois Legacy committee and founder of BRIDGE – Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education. She sat down with WAMC in her office in downtown Lee to talk about the two-day event, which begins Saturday with a discussion on Du Bois’s classic 1903 text “The Souls Of Black Folk.”

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.
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