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Justin F. Jackson

Justin F. Jackson is a historian, author and assistant professor of history at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington. Jackson has also lectured on Great Barrington native, author and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois.

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PART II: The politics of W.E.B. Du Bois – a commitment to equality and racial justice

Du Bois not only accepted and advocated the principles of human equality and natural rights embodied in America’s Declaration of Independence. He actually sought to apply them worldwide.

PART I: W.E.B. Du Bois and his politics: A complicated and controversial legacy

Undoubtedly the greatest African-American intellectual in U.S. history and an activist who pioneered the modern civil rights movement and worked tirelessly for African peoples’ freedom throughout the world, Du Bois is long overdue for public recognition in Great Barrington and the nation. Yet like Banquo’s ghost, the controversy surrounding Du Bois — and particularly his political ideology and affiliation at the end of his life — will not go down.
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