A Conference for the Berkshires:
The Shaping Role of Place in African American Biography
Sept. 14-17, 2006 MassachusettsCollege of Liberal Arts -
Learn about famous African Americans with ties to Berkshire County:
- Scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois
- Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee
- Abolitionist and Pittsfield minister Samuel Harrison
- Pioneer fighter against slavery Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman
- Revolutionary war soldier Agrippa Hull
- David Levering Lewis Pulitizer-prize winning DuBois biographer
- Mark Carnes author of The American Nation and Past Imperfect
- Lucy Hurston sociologist, author, niece of Zora Neale Hurston and other nationally noted scholars
Celebrate official dedication of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail with a motor coach tour of the trail.
Honor local teachers who have developed African American curricula.
Enjoy the 3rd Annual Margaret A. Hart Memorial Gospel Festival with special guests Harlem Gospel Choir and jazz great Craig Harris.
Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D., Professor of History,
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams,
MA 01247, (413) 662-5541, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Courage, Ph.D., Professor of English,
Westchester Community College/SUNY, Valhalla,
NY 10595, (914) 606-6106, email@example.com
Rachel Fletcher, Co-Chairperson, Upper Housatonic
Valley African American Heritage Trail, 113 Division
Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, (413) 528-3391,firstname.lastname@example.org