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Du Bois Tribute

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February 24, 2012

The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Tribute to the Black Church

Amherst, MA - St. John’s Congregational Church (Springfield, Mass.), in collaboration with The W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries host the 2nd Annual “The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Tribute to the Black Church,” on Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:00 p.m., at St. John’s Church, 643 Union Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.  The high-energy program will feature inspirational songs, poetic expressions, and other tributes to the Western Massachusetts native. Admission is free.

This marks the second year of the partnership between St. John’s and The W.E.B. Du Bois Center. The purpose of the partnership between the two organizations is to: (1) establish an annual event to promote the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois, its relevance to the modern Black Church and its impact on future generations; (2) build awareness of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and its available resources; and (3) engage other strategic partners to accomplish relevant goals and objectives.

The historic St. John’s Congregational Church is one of the oldest and most active Black Churches in New England. This year, St. John’s is celebrating the 168th anniversary of its founding in 1844 by anti-slave protestors. Currently the congregation claims more than 1,500 members. The partnership with the Du Bois Center and UMass Amherst is a continuation of the church’s rich history of positive community influence by its pastors, members, and ministries. Throughout St. John’s history, it has maintained relationships with nationally known human rights advocates. Abraham Lincoln knew one of the founding members of the church personally. Other honored guests and visitors to the church have included Sojourner Truth, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Jesse Jackson and Deval Patrick.

Contact: Brooks Fitch, W.E.B. Du Bois Center, UMass Amherst Libraries; 214-616-3438,

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