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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

Part II: Local Berkshire playwrights taking on big subjects

I also recently had the distinct pleasure of speaking with another friend and fellow actor/playwright, Anne Undeland. We spoke about her brand new play “Lady Randy,” which is about Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome.

Simon’s Rock partners with James Weldon Johnson Foundation to honor local Harlem Renaissance writer

“A people may become great through many means, but there is only one measure by which its greatness is recognized and acknowledged. The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have produced.” -- James Weldon Johnson

Jazz star Craig Harris’ trombone band at MMHRS to honor African-American poet, civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson

NAACP leader and author James Weldon Johnson wrote “God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse,” in a little cabin off Alford Road on the Alford Brook and at the Mason Library.

Celebration marks progress in advancing the legacy of Harlem Renaissance founder James Weldon Johnson

Johnson wrote lyrics to 200 popular songs, including the “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” while he was, in addition, a lawyer, diplomat and early civil rights leader. He wrote many of his songs in a writing cabin on Alford Road in Great Barrington.

REVIEW: A Man and His Camera: From Lenox to Harlem

James Van Der Zee was born in Lenox to highly cultured parents who had worked as household servants to President Ulysses S. Grant in New York City.

The home of James Weldon Johnson: Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance reborn  

“I will not allow one prejudiced person or one million or one hundred million to blight my life. I will not let prejudice or any of its attendant humiliations and injustices bear me down to spiritual defeat. My inner life is mine, and I shall defend and maintain its integrity against all the powers of hell.” --- NAACP pamphlet from 1916

Du Bois comes home from the grave

For unknown reasons, Yolande’s grave was left without a headstone. Her grandchildren were unaware of where she was buried, until her grandson Arthur McFarlane II was informed of it during a visit in 2012.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.