W.E.B. Du BOIS, A MAN FOR ALL TIMES Approx. length 80 mins.
Written and directed by Alexa Kelly, presented in conjunction with Pulse Theatre Ensemble.
This play entertains and enthralls, as it compels the viewer to travel on this near-100-year journey. Brian Richardson portrays W.E.B. Du Bois, a black American born just after the Civil War, and 5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Du Bois broke many barriers: he attended and graduated from Harvard, studied in Europe, ran for Senator, co-found the NAACP, participated in the founding of the United Nations, saw segregation declared unconstitutional and died, in 1963, in Africa, on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington.
Dr. Du Bois fought tirelessly for anti-lynching laws and for Civil Rights for all people. He believed in women's rights, and the right for all people to have work, free education and medical coverage. Indeed if it were not for McCarthy having accused Du Bois of being a Communist, in the McCarthy era, (although he was acquitted!) the name of Dr. Du Bois would be as famous in America as that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said of his mentor "History cannot ignore W.E.B. DU BOIS".