This month, University of Massachusetts Press and UMass Amherst Libraries are set to release a brand new edition of W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk. Published in honor of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois's birth, Souls is packaged with a new introduction from Shawn Leigh Alexander, the director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas and the author of An Army of Lions: The Civil Rights Struggle Before the NAACP. Presenting never-before-seen documents from Special Collections and University Archives at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library--including Du Bois's own 1904 critique of Souls and personal correspondence that illuminates the writer's purpose and the book's reception--this new edition outlines the historical context of Du Bois's work and connects it to black life and culture today.
UMass Amherst Libraries and the Du Bois Center have a range of exciting programs planned for the sesquicentennial, including the 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture on Wednesday, February 21 at 4pm in UMass Amherst's Old Chapel and the 150th Festival in Great Barrington, on deck for Friday, February 23. UMass Press will be at the festival headquarters all day on the 23rd with books available for purchase; come say "hello" and we hope you'll join us in celebrating Du Bois's legacy!
Traveling exhibit from UMass Amherst Libraries, on view in the Massachusetts State House.