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W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man For All Times

UMass Amherst Libraries Host Performance

A Man For All Times

The 20th Annual Du Bois Birthday Celebration hosted by the UMass Amherst Libraries features “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times,” a free performance by the Pulse Ensemble Theatre on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst. The one-hour one-man show of the 95-year-long life of W.E.B. Du Bois unfolds in a gripping performance by Brian Richardson, and a moving script by writer/director Alexa Kelly. Learn more about Great Barrington’s native son, civil rights leader, and visionary of equality and democracy.

Additional free performances will be held on Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and on Sunday, February 23, 10:00 a.m., at St. John's Congregational Church, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Established in 1989, PULSE ENSEMBLE THEATRE is one of the oldest ensemble theatre companies in New York City. Pulse is committed to taking an active role in its community, to being a nurturing and developing ground for actors in New York City, and to providing free outreach programs which train actors and allow playwrights and directors to hone their talents and develop their skills. Pulse is committed to multi-ethnic casting and is dedicated to theatre that is socially significant thought provoking and topical; work which illuminates the universality of the human spirit and its intrinsic needs for equality and justice.

The performance is sponsored by UMass Amherst Libraries and the Randolph and Cecile Bromery Endowment Fund for the W.E.B. Du Bois Center. The Du Bois Center is a source of academic scholarship and intellectual pursuit at UMass Amherst. The Center affects positive change and explores issues of justice by providing access to unparalleled archival resources and supporting scholars from all over campus, across disciplines, and from around the world as they interact with the teachings of W.E.B. Du Bois.

The UMass Amherst Libraries commemorate the birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois annually with an event relating to his life and legacy. The Library was named for W.E.B. Du Bois in 1994 and is home to the extensive Du Bois Papers. The Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives houses many other distinguished manuscript collections documenting the history of social change in America, including the papers of Horace Mann Bond and U.S. Congressman Silvio O. Conte. The Papers, and the Center, are located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the heart of the UMass Amherst campus.