Town approves renaming school after WEB Du Bois
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — The hometown of scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois has voted to rename the local middle school in his honor, despite the objections of some people who pointed out that he joined the Communist Party late in life.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that Great Barrington town meeting on Monday approved renaming Monument Valley Regional Middle School in honor of the black author after a heated debate.
One man said naming the school after a veteran “who died for democracy” would be more appropriate. Some objected to naming the school after anyone.
One supporter of the renaming suggested racism was at play.
Stockbridge and West Stockbridge, the other towns in the school district, must also approve the name change. The final decision rests with the district School Committee.
Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com