W.E.B. Du Bois legacy committee hopes to rename middle school

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON— W.E.B. Du Bois’s 150th birthday and an accompanying festival has passed, but a committee focusing on his legacy hopes to have a statue, school or street in the civil rights icon’s hometown bear his name.

The Du Bois legacy committee, co-chaired by Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant of BRIDGE and Randy Weinstein of the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, was created to organize the festival in the town’s name and will now continue in work related to celebrating Du Bois and racial justice in Great Barrington.

“What’s been happening with growing pains around our country, this seems like something really important,” Hampton-VanSant said. “It’s important for Great Barrington to own its history of racial justice… This is not always the story of rural America and this is a rural town. This is the town that sent Du Bois to college. This town made Du Bois.”

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