WHAT:  W.E.B. Du Bois: I’ve Known Rivers 

               Special Riverside Program of Music, Poetry and more....  FREE

WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2020, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WHERE: W.E.B. Du Bois River Park, River Walk, 20 River Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 

         Walking tour of Du Bois Sites in Great Barrington

         Reception at the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, 9 Elm Court, Great Barrington MA 01230

WHO (Lead Sponsors): River Walk/Great Barrington Land Conservancy, Clinton Church Restoration, and NAACP Berkshires

CONTACT: Rachel Fletcher, river@gbriverwalk.org, www.gbriverwalk.org Phone: 413‐5283391

DESCRIPTION: W.E.B. Du Bois’s connection to rivers lends new meaning to his achievements in civil rights and social justice. His lifelong dedication to environmental justice and to rivers everywhere began, as he declared, when he was “born by a golden river,” referring to the Housatonic River near his Great Barrington birthplace. Our riverside celebration —“I’ve Known Rivers”—takes its name from Langston Hughes’s poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” first published by Du Bois in the June 1921 issue of The Crisis.  Organizations throughout Berkshire County will pay tribute to the Great Barrington native with readings, poetry, and musical offerings. Festivities take place on Saturday, August 29, in recognition of Du Bois’s final resting place in Accra, Ghana, and the anniversary of his burial ceremony on August 29, 1963.  Du Bois died on August 27, 1963, on the eve of the seminal March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


  • Occurs Saturday, August 29th, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


W.E.B. Du Bois River Park

20 River Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230


Rachel Fletcher