W.E.B. Du Bois: I’ve Known Rivers (Sat Aug.27th)

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Saturday, August 27, 2022  2 pm – 5 pm
Riverside festival of music, poetry, more.  FREE
W.E.B. Du Bois River Park, 20 River Street, Great Barrington
Walking tour of Du Bois sites in Great Barrington.
Reception at the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, 9 Elm Court. 


Join us in Great Barrington on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.         

W.E.B. Du Bois’s connection to rivers lends special meaning to his achievements in civil rights and social justice. His lifelong dedication to environmental justice and to rivers everywhere began when he was “born by a golden river,” as he declared, referring to the Housatonic River near his Great Barrington birthplace. On Saturday, August 27, a group of local organizations will gather in Great Barrington at River Walk’s W.E.B. Du Bois River Park, to honor Du Bois with an afternoon of readings and musical offerings.  Our riverside celebration —“I’ve Known Rivers”—takes its name from Langston Hughes’s poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” first published by Du Bois in the June 1921 issue of The Crisis. Festivities will take place on the anniversary of Du Bois’s passing in Accra, Ghana, on August 27, 1963, the eve of the seminal March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 


               Special Riverside Program of Music, Poetry and more....           

               Ceremonial release of water carried from Du Bois’s resting place in Accra


WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WHERE: W.E.B. Du Bois River Park, River Walk, Church and River Streets, Great Barrington MA 01230.

         Walking tour of Du Bois Sites in Great Barrington.

         Reception at the Du Bois Freedom Center, located at the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, 9 Elm Court.

         In the event of rain, the program will be held at First Congregational Church on Main Street.

WHO: (Lead Sponsors):  Great Barrington Land Conservancy/River Walk, the Du Bois Freedom Center (historically know us Clinton Church Restoration), and NAACP Berkshires.

MORE DETAILS: www.gbriverwalk.org or https://gbriverwalk.org/2022/06/18/w-e-b-du-bois-ive-known-rivers/

CONTACT: Rachel Fletcher, river@gbriverwalk.org, www.gbriverwalk.

Also See: Center plans to give W. E. B. Du Bois and other Black Berkshirites the credit they’re due

Celebrate W. E. B. Du Bois at River Walk on Aug 27 2022