Dear BRIDGE Supporters,
First, we want to thank our clients, partners, sponsors, volunteers and board members for supporting our organization and our racial justice campaigns! Without you, we could not provide education and support the way we have!
“As you live, believe in Life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life.” says Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois.
“Life’s most persistent question is what are you doing for others,” reminds Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We want to share the videos and articles regarding the Town’s third annual W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival. It is a result of decades of tireless work to honor our Berkshire native activist and scholar! Du Bois was the first Black man to receive a PhD from Harvard and initiated so many more civil rights actions. Great Barrington had a weekend Festival with guests from Atlanta, St. Croix and New Jersey join us with Dr. Du Bois’ great-grandson Jeffrey Peck. BRIDGE was a proud sponsor and partner and we are grateful to our network of volunteers for helping the Festival be a success! Thank you to Dr. Emily Williams, BRIDGE Senior Education and Engagement Director, and Town of Great Barrington Du Bois Legacy Committee member for inviting her colleagues to lift up the enduring legacy of Dr. Du Bois!
We gave out 200+ copies of Souls of Black Folk with the introduction by Ibram Kendi for the 150th-anniversary edition. And thank you to Donna Gouger and Dr. MaryNell Morgan for joining Bob Paynter and our Legacy Committee for a musical book club uplifting Dr. Du Bois!
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Tanekwah Hinds, Racial Justice Community Advocate at the ACLU of Massachusetts, works with Rahsaan Hall, the Director of the Racial Justice Program, to create partnerships and advocacy opportunities for communities of color. Their campaign What a Difference a DA Makes is a public education campaign that seeks to highlight the key role of district attorneys in criminal justice reform. Through this campaign, ACLU is organizing community convenings across the state to gather community leaders who support individuals disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system.
The purpose of the event is to provide a space for leaders to network, identify challenges of their respective communities, and create actionable steps for District Attorney accountability and public education. BRIDGE and the Race Task Force are thrilled to partner and to co-organize the Berkshire County Community Convening on March 17 6-8pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
March 14th, join Yuyi Morales at Norman Rockwell Museum for a fun afternoon with BRIDGE and other Berkshire residents.
We are happy to host the IDEA Institute @ BRIDGE for our Train-the-Trainer in Cultural Competence and Facilitation. If you have benefited from BRIDGE training and would like to share that experience with your workplace and communities and/or join the BRIDGE facilitation team, fill out this application here. And save the dates!
Member Spotlight: Jacobs Pillow
We want to thank Jacob's Pillow for partnering with BRIDGE for the Town of Great Barrington Du Bois Festival. Between Me and the Other World captured Du Bois double consciousness. We were joined by activists and scholars and hundreds of Berkshire residents for dance and dialogue over the Du Bois Legacy Festival due to a strong partnership with the Pillow and a generous sponsorship from Berkshire Bank Foundation.