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In its first month, Sheffield’s new locally sourced ice cream shop, Modern Milk Bar, has caught on fast

Traditional, good-quality ice cream made from local, real-food ingredients is the vision of Modern Milk Bar.

152 years later: Myriad lessons surrounding Du Bois’ enduring legacy

When Randy Weinstein came to live in Great Barrington at the age of 18, he remembered Du Bois’ name being “surrounded by controversy, [and] disparaging [comments],” at the time, something for which Weinstein had zero tolerance.

Renew, Build, Restore: Celebrating MLK’s life

The sermon by Rev. Sloan Letman IV of the Congregational Church built on the theme of the service. Sloan wove modern motifs, politics and current events into the complex fabric of the struggle for human rights and justice.

Dedication of the Du Bois homesite: A 50-year anniversary celebration

The original 1969 homesite dedication was deemed so controversial, in part because of Du Bois' embrace of communism late in his life, that no town officials attended the event.

Great Barrington responds to powerful plea, recognizes ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn VanSant of the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee appeared before the board on Monday to ask town officials to consider recognizing the second Monday of October, the day on which Columbus Day is traditionally observed, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

News Briefs: Community Preservation Act applications; Du Bois legacy committee seeks members

The town-sponsored committee holds events throughout the year to commemorate the work of Du Bois, including a W.E.B. Du Bois Day celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival during January and February, and classes, seminars and speakers.

VanSant named Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s 2019 Woman of Achievement

VanSant works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. She has founded several initiatives based in the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity.

Plans for statue honoring Du Bois in limbo after questions from Historic District Commission

The idea for the statue would have to be approved by the library trustees, the Historic District Commission, and perhaps the selectboard, as well.

Bits & Bytes: Troika al la Russe’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Resisting Repression’ at Mason Library; Race Mountain Spring Banquet; rabies, microchip clinic

The talk is the first sponsored by the W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee as well as the first in a series of lectures by UMass visiting scholars, co-sponsored by the town of Great Barrington and UMass.

Petition to rename regional middle school after scholar, civil rights advocate W.E.B. Du Bois to be on town meeting warrant

In an incident that garnered much publicity, the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee in 2004 declined to name after Du Bois one of the two new regional schools it had just built.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Beyond the Veil’ at the Mahaiwe; Kimball Farms art exhibit; ‘New Illuminations’ with Suzi Banks Baum; Sauerkraut Seth at Roe Jan...

Inspired by the exclusion of Du Bois from the region’s cultural history, 'Beyond the Veil' examines racism in the higher echelons of society and ponders what would happen if the racial veil were lifted and two iconoclasts could see each other clearly.

Great Barrington Selectmen appoint Du Bois legacy panel; begin town manager search; approve Tractor Supply

According to the selectmen, the committee's charge will be to "oversee several town-sponsored events and programs honoring Du Bois," including: the Du Bois Day Celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival (from Martin Luther King Day through Feb. 23); banner installations; collaboration with UMass Amherst and local educational institutions and arts, historical and community organizations; and more.
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