The main office of Berkshire Publishing is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. Great Barrington celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2011 and has had an interesting and colorful history. One of Great Barrington’s greatest sons was the remarkable scholar and civil rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois. Born just a few blocks from Berkshire Publishing’s office, he attend the local school and from there went on to become the first African American to receive a Ph.D from Harvard University. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom the nation honors today, called Dr. Du Bois “one of the most remarkable men of our time.” The text of Dr. King’s speech given on the occasion of the centennial of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois is available online at Google Books. Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers, and W.E.B. Du Bois gives a detailed history of the small group of African Americans who founded their church in Great Barrington just a few years after Du Bois was born, and who continue to maintain it to this day.
We hope that everyone has an enjoyable and productive day of service, not forgetting the words of Dr. King: “Let us be dissatisfied until every man can have food and material necessities for his body, culture and education for his mind, freedom and human dignity for his spirit.”