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19th Annual Du Bois Lecture

Press Release
February 25, 2013
Contact: Rob Cox, (, 413-545-6842)







Amherst, MA – The UMass Amherst Libraries will host the 19th Annual Du Bois Lecture on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., on the Lower Level of W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at UMass Amherst. Harlem native and great-grandson of American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, Arthur McFarlane II will give a talk, “The Life of W.E.B. Du Bois: Its Relevance to Today.” The talk will be given the same day at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Congregational Church, 643 Union Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. Refreshments will be served. Both events are free and open to the public.

McFarlane will discuss the legacy of his great-grandfather, W.E.B. Du Bois, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACAP), and the first African-American to graduate with a PhD from Harvard University.

McFarlane works in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and is currently an evaluator in the Epidemiology, Planning and Evaluation Branch in the Prevention Services Division. He has worked for over 25 years as a statistical analyst and manager. He went to Stuyvesant High School in New York City, the State University of New York at Brockport, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served as co-chair for the CDPHE Employee Diversity Advisory Committee and as treasurer for the Colorado Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Coalition. He has been co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program and Chair of the Board of the Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault. He is currently on the Board of the Community College of Aurora Foundation. He has been a mentor for Colorado Youth at Risk.

The Library marks the birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois each year with a lecture on a topic relating to his life and legacy. The Library was named for W.E.B. Du Bois in 1994 and is home to the extensive Du Bois Papers.

The event is sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the UMass Amherst Libraries: For more information, contact Rob Cox (, 413-545-6842).








Last Edited: 24 January 2013