Half American - The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting WW II at Home and Abroad

THU, FEB 2, 2023 (56:07)

Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Black troops were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge, serving in segregated units and performing vital support jobs. The stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, as the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation” has prevailed. Half American shares the experiences and impact of such heroes as Thurgood Marshall, the chief lawyer for the NAACP; Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., leader of the Tuskegee Airmen; Ella Baker, the civil rights leader who advocated on the home front for Black soldiers, veterans, and their families; James Thompson, who laid bare the hypocrisy of fighting against fascism abroad when racism still reigned at home; and poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a war correspondent for the Black press.

Don’t miss Dr. Delmont’s meticulously researched retelling and learning more about these individuals’ bravery and patriotism in the face of racism.

+ BIO: Christian Walkes

Boston native Christian Walkes joins the Museum of African History as a Ph.D. Student in Education at Harvard University where he studies the history of African American education. Prior to matriculating into his doctoral program, Christian earned an M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts University and a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

In addition to his role as a student and museum educator, he serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Human Development at UMass/Boston, and is a member of the Boston Writing Project’s advisory board. In addition, holds memberships to the following professional associations: the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and history, and the American Educational Studies Association.

+ BIO: Matthew F. Delmont

Matthew F. Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A Guggenheim Fellow and expert on African American history and the history of civil rights, he is the author of four books: Black Quotidian, Why Busing Failed, Making Roots, and The Nicest Kids in Town. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and several academic journals, and on NPR. He earned his BA from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from Brown University.

Photo credit : Eli Burakian.

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