AMHERST, Mass. - Two University of Massachusetts professors were involved in a conference in Roanoke, Va., March 19-21 at which an historic meeting between descendants of early civil rights pioneers W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington took place. The meeting was between Du Bois’s stepson, University of Massachusetts African-American studies and journalism department faculty member David DuBois, and a number of Washington’s descendants. The conference, which was organized by officials at the Washington birthplace in nearby Hardy, Va., also included a presentation by UMass anthropology professor Robert Paynter, one of the leaders of an archeological dig at the Du Bois childhood home in Great Barrington, Mass.