Desegregating the Berkshires – 54 years ago  

“My Tanglewood roommate, James Tranks, an African American double bass player from Philadelphia, walked into a barbershop in Great Barrington which immediately pulled down its blinds and told him the barbershop was closed. The same thing happened at a second barbershop in Great Barrington shortly thereafter and in Lee the following day.”

— Tanglewood Fellow Jim Levinson, recalling an incident in the summer of 1961