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W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee Member Previews Vote To Rename School After Civil Rights Icon

A black and white photograph of a bald black man in a suit and bowtie with a mustache
Cornelius Marion Battey
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W.E.B. Du Bois in 1918

The Berkshire Hills Regional School District committee will soon hold a public hearing on a petition that calls for the Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to be renamed after local civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois. WAMC spoke with Gwendolyn VanSant of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee to find out more about the decision, and why Du Bois’s support of Communism in his later years has led some in the community to resist past efforts at recognizing the NAACP co-founder. The public hearing is set for September 3rd.

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