W. E. B. Du Bois: Born by a Golden River
Co-sponsored by the NAACP Berkshires, this event celebrates W.E.B. Du Bois’s lifelong dedication to environmental justice and to rivers everywhere with readings and musical offerings. These include a musical interpretation by MaryNell Morgan of the Sorrow Songs from Du Bois’s classic work, The Souls of Black Folk, and a “musical libation” introduced by jazz specialist James Browne and performed by Ghanian Master Drummer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng and American Saxophonist Antoine Roney, in tribute to Du Bois’s African and American duality.
Following the program is a walking tour of sites including Du Bois’s Birth Site, First Congregational Church, and the Warren Davis Home. The walk will conclude at the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, 9 Elm Court, with a reception and refreshments. In the event of rain, the program will be held at First Congregational Church on Main Street.