New W. E. B. Du Bois exhibit highlights a Berkshires-grown ‘global citizen’

The exhibit, titled “W. E. B. Du Bois: Global Citizen Rooted in the Berkshires,” was put together by Randy Weinstein, who runs the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, with the help of the other Du Bois Center—the one at UMass Amherst, where many of Du Bois’ papers are kept. The exhibit is part of the months-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’ birth.

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.

Compassionate Friends: Healing and hope for parents who have lost a child

A local couple who suffered tragedy returns, 26 years later, to offer seeds of healing and of hope to families who have lost a child. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of the Berkshires, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its first monthly meeting on Friday January 5th at 7 p.m. at 275 Main Street in Sheffield.

From Berkshires to Kenya: SawaSawa Foundation assists women, children

Karen Smith is packing up 100 solar powered lights, “so people don’t have to buy kerosene every night, which is very expensive.” And much of what she is bringing, Smith says, comes from the “incredible generosity” of Berkshire locals and businesses. Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance, Fairview Hospital have donated medical supplies, and dentist Bob Edwards at Delair, Edwards & Krol, donated dental supplies.