W.E.B. Du Bois

Performing November 3, 2014, 7 PM.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Daniel Arts Center, Rm. 016
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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W.E.B. DU BOIS: A MAN FOR ALL TIMES
Here are the details of our February, 2014, tour in Massachusetts.                 Our performances are part of a Festival honoring the great man’s Birthday:

February 22nd. 7 PM. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA.
February 25th. at 10 AM. St. John’s Congregational Church, Springfield,
February 25th. at 4 pm. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

If you are in the neighborhood do please drop in and see us!

 For  a short preview

August, 2013, 17 performances at the V & A, in London 



 REVIEWS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS: A Man for all Times 
 More Pictures 

April 2013, we took A MAN FOR ALL TIMES: W.E.B. DU BOIS  on tour to Holland.  

We performed in 3 different venues: a 14th Century Castle: Wittenberg Castle; a state of the arts theatre: the Korzo in the Hague; and a 15th Century Church in Kortenhoef.  It was quite  a wonderful experience, sold out houses in all 3 places.  Thanks to Herman van Karnebeek, PJ Noordhoek Hegt, and Caroline Noordhoek Hegt and their respective spouses, what seemed to be months and  months of e-mail planning, came to fruition, and in a whirlwind of activity and motion, the tour was happening, and then over.

Standing ovations for Brian Richardson at every show.  The show was a huge success: “A very wonderful play about an excellent and dedicated man.  He deserves to be remembered.” said Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Rehearsal in the Church

Audience greet Brian Richardson after one of the shows at the Castle

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The Souls of Black Folk

The following is excerpted from the chapter “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in Du Bois’ book The Souls of Black Folk.    On Double Consciousness:

“After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,–a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,–an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.  The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife,–this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self.” …

CHRONOLOGY OF W.E.B. DU BOIS:

1868-Born, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
1884-Graduated from school
1885-Went to Fisk University, Tennessee
1888-Enrolled at Harvard
1890-Graduated from Harvard
1892-Went to Germany to study at the University of Berlin
1894-Returned from Germany
1896-Received PhD from Harvard
1896-Wrote THE PHILADELPHIA NEGRO
1896-Married Nina Gomer
1897-His son, Berghardt is born
1900-Yolande born
1905-Wrote THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK
1905-Formed the Niagara Movement
1907-Resigned academia, became full time Civil Rights Activist
1909-Co-founded the NAACP
1910-Director of Research and Publication for the NAACP
1911-Attended World Race Congress, London
1919-Founded Pan African Congress in Paris
1921-Founded Pan African Congress in London
1923-Founded Pan African Congress in Brussels
1928-Made Special Consultant for Liberia
1945-Special Consultant, founding meeting of the United Nations
1948-Final resignation from NAACP
1950-Nina Dies
1951-Runs for Senator of New York
1951-Marries Shirley Graham
1954-Public school segregation declared unconstitutional
1958-Awarded Lenin Peace Prize
1960-Yolanda dies
1961-Moves to Ghana
1963-Dies in Accra, Ghana

Reference Books:

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK (1903), by W.E.B. Du  Bois, Bartleby.com

W.E.B. DU BOIS (1868 – 1919), Biography of a Race, by David Levering Lewis (Owl Books)

W.E.B. DU BOIS (1919 – 1963) The Fight for Equality and the American Century, by David Levering Lewis (Owl Books) Henry Holt & Company

W.E.B.DUBOIS.org by Robert Williams

and many more…

 

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