Whitney Battle-Baptiste is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of the University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Center. She is a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site Working Committee.
John Bissell is the President and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union. He serves on the board of 1Berkshire, co-chairs the Berkshire Initiative for Growth and is the founder of the early literacy initiative, Pittsfield Promise.
Pearl Conaway is the sister of the late Reverend Esther Dozier, who was the first female pastor of the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church. Retired from Becton Dickinson, she is secretary of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Great Barrington.
Maia Conty is a social change activist and is the co-founder of the Generosity Economy, a local group working to meet the needs and wants of their lives and community through gifting and relationship.
Rev. Mattie Conway is the sister of the late Reverend Esther Dozier, who was the first female pastor of the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church. She serves as co-pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Great Barrington.
Rachel Fletcher is Adjunct Professor at the New York School of Interior Design. She is the founding director of the Housatonic River Walk in Great Barrington, co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail, director of Friends of the W. E. B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, and a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site Working Committee.
David Glassberg is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an affiliated investigator with the Northeast Climate Science Center. He is the author of American Historical Pageantry: The Uses of Tradition in the Early Twentieth Century and Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life (2001) and a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site Working Committee.
Sally Harris is president of St. James Place, a nonprofit formed to save, restore and repurpose the former St. James Episcopal Church in Great Barrington as a vibrant performance and meeting space with modern facilities.
Bobby Houston is a local developer and director of the Academy Award-winning film, Mighty Times: The Children’s March, and the Emmy Award-winning Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks.
Barbara Krauthammer is an Associate Graduate Dean for Student Inclusion and Engagement and Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South. She is a trustee at the Samuel Harrison House in Pittsfield.
David Levinson is a cultural anthropologist and former church historian for the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church. As a member of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Trail, he edited African American Heritage in the Upper Housatonic Valley. He co-authored two other books about African American history in the Berkshires and is the author of Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers and W. E. B. Du Bois: A History of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church (reissued in 2018 as The African American Community in Rural New England: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Clinton AME Zion Church.)
Homer “Skip” Meade is an educator, researcher, and W.E.B. Du Bois scholar. He has taught in local public and private secondary schools and is a former member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Skip directed the National Historic Landmark Dedication of the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, at which Julian Bond was the keynote speaker.
Wm. Smitty Pignatelli is the State Representative for Massachusetts’ 4th Berkshire District, an office he has held since 2003. He is currently Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and is a former president of the Lenox Historical Society.
Frances Jones-Sneed is a Professor Emeritus of History, Political Science and Public Policy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and associate editor of African American Heritage In the Upper Housatonic Valley. She is co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail and a trustee at the Samuel Harrison House in Pittsfield.
Ted Thomas is an award-winning poet, author of three collections of poetry, and editor of more than a dozen anthologies. A veteran of the Black Arts Movement, he taught in the Department of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Humanities Department at Roxbury Community College. He currently serves as Humanities Scholar for the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series in Great Barrington.
Randy Weinstein is the founder of the nonprofit Du Bois Center at Great Barrington and president of North Star Rare Books. He has published several works on African American history and lectured on race relations throughout the county. He serves on the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series in Great Barrington and is chair of the Great Barrington W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee.
Rena Zurofsky is a museum management consultant who specializes in strategic planning, retail planning and interim director services for museums and cultural institutions. She has held executive staff positions at the American Museum of Natural History, the Newark Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. She has also taught graduate courses in non-profit arts management and marketing at NYU and lectured internationally.