Word of the Week: Luminary

As in: “Virtually every black luminary was living within blocks of the others in the elevator buildings and lace-curtained brownstones up on Sugar Hill, from Langston Hughes to Thurgood Marshall to Paul Robeson, Duke Ellington, and W.E.B. DuBois, on and off, to Richard Wright… (Wilkerson, 2010, p.251).”BookCover_warmth_ of_ other_ suns_cover

Wilkerson, I. (2010). The warmth of other suns: The epic story of America’s Great Migration. New York, NY: Random House.

  • For definitions of luminary, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Learn more about W.E.B. Dubois by perusing his complete papers including correspondence, writings, and photographs, now freely accessible online, and open for research at the Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.
  • View a video of the symposium, “Du Bois In Our Time,” hosted by UMass Contemporary Art Museum here.
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