Great Barrington in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
W.E.B. Du Bois: Champion of Rivers Around the World
Kindled by his love for the Housatonic River, W.E.B. Du Bois became a champion of rivers around the world.
Harlem Renaissance writer and poet Langston Hughes composed “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” when he was only eighteen years old. Du Bois published Hughes’s poem in the July 1921 issue of The Crisis, the journal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
The Great Mississippi River Flood was one of the epic natural disasters and racial tragedies of the twentieth century, displacing a million and a half people and leaving several hundred people dead. Discrimination against Black refugees in the camps and in the distribution of relief supplies was rampant. Dr. Du Bois demanded an investigation into the “desperate and evil conditions of that section of our country.” If W.E.B. Du Bois were alive today, imagine his response to the 400,000 left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Location. 42° 11.633′ N, 73° 21.5′ W. Marker is in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker can be reached from River Street near near Church Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the Housatonic River Walk. Marker is in this post office area: Great Barrington MA 01230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Niagara Movement (here, next to this marker); W.E. B. Du Bois Birthsite (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Stanley Overlook (about 700 feet away); First Court House of Berkshire County (approx. ¼ mile away); You Stand Free Because They Served (approx. ¼ mile away); Great Barrington Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mahaiwe Theater (approx. ¼ mile away); Great Barrington World War I Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Barrington.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights • Disasters •
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