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Archive: 05/03/2018

"Of Our Spiritual Strivings: W. E. B. Du Bois at 150"

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings: W. E. B. Du Bois at 150,” through August 22, 2018 in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The exhibit, celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois, examines Du Bois and his influences. Drawing its title from the first chapter of Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, the exhibit includes materials from his papers as well as the papers of other figures in the Libraries’ social change collections.

Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and went on to become one of the most powerful voices in the twentieth century for the world’s oppressed. A prolific writer, poet, and playwright; a pioneering scholar and public intellectual; and always a fierce opponent of racial, economic, and class inequalities, Du Bois held trenchant ideas on equality and democracy that were often controversial, but influenced every corner of this country and nearly every continent in the world.

The W. E. B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst was named for Du Bois in 1994 and is home to the extensive W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, as well as the W. E. B. Du Bois Center.

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