TODAY! The 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture featuring Dr. Reiland Rabaka will take place in Old Chapel, 4-6 P.M.
Incidentally, Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Director of the Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst and one of the event's emcees, was recently named a Spotlight Scholar! Read about her work here:
Tomorrow is the day! Come to the 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture, 4-6 P.M. in Old Chapel to hear Dr. Reiland Rabaka speak about "W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of the Civil Rights Movement."
Can't make it? Dr. Rabaka will also be giving his lecture this Friday, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Du Bois, at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 7 P.M.
So excited to be a part of this great online forum to celebrate the 150tg birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois.
All out, weather permitting, to Camesha Scruggs' talk Thursday February 8, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, at Wistariahurst Museum | 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Reparations: From conversation to action! Join Dr. Amilcar Shabazz and a distinguished panel tonight...
So excited to participate in this amazing conference.
Was Du Bois really from Wakanda?
An award-winning writer, distinguished academic and teacher, photographer, and musician, Julius Lester posed here for a portrait on November 29, 1966 in New Yor...k City, New York. Five years later he would accept an offer from #WEBDDAFRO Chairman Michael Thelwell to join the faculty of the Du Bois Department, then in its infancy. Thelwell and Lester had been comrades in SNCC fighting for freedom and an end to white supremacy. As colleagues at UMass they would develop one of the largest and best Africana Studies departments in the world. Julius did his best work in our department and won the highest honors the university bestows for his teaching work. In later years, after the “Baldwin blowup,” he would migrate to Judaic Studies, but that would happen after almost two decades in our department. Let us go to Jimmy for an afterthought: “Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.” Taken from “Letter from a Region of My Mind" in The New Yorker (17 November 1962); republished as "Down at the Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind" in The Fire Next Time (1963). Our condolences to the Lester family. Julius passed today. Rise in Power. Tamám Shud.
Sneak peak of a co-edited book Britt Rusert and I have been working on! Fall 2018.
So excited to be a part of this amazing program!