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Civil Rights activist William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois is the focus of a play April 2 at the Mount Vernon Public Library.
Civil Rights activist William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois is the focus of a play April 2 at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Pulse Theatre Ensemble Production of "W.E.B. Du Bois, a Man for All Time" is set for Saturday, April 2 in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room, Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon.

Brian Richardson portrays W.E.B. Du Bois, a black American born just after the Civil War, and five 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.

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. 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."

The play will begin at 2 p.m. at the library, 28 South First Ave., Mount Vernon, N.Y.

For more information, email Nishan Stepak at nstepak@wlsmail.org or call the library at (914) 668-1840; also click here.

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