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African-American Veterans and the Civil Rights Movement
Date Sunday June 17
Time 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location Details
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz)
Oakland
Event Type Meeting
Organizer/AuthorEugene Ruyle
Emaileruyle [at] csulb.edu
Phone(510) 595-7417
Address6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Ca. 94609
Within the Black community it has been observed that a relatively large number of military veterans of World War II and Korea were prominent in the civil rights movement, such as Medger Evers (Army, World War II), James Forman (Air Force, Korean War) and Floyd McKissick (Army, World War II). However, less noted are the large numbers of African-American veterans who were rank-and-file activists in the struggle. There is now solid evidence that veterans were not only a disproportionate number of participants, but they were also largely motivated to action by their experience in the military. This presentation will indicate the historical context in which this happened, as well as the empirical data showing the disposition of military service to civil rights involvement. Following this introduction, the documentary film, "Negroes With Guns," will be screened to give an example of one such person--Robert F. Williams, Army and Marine Corps veteran, North Carolina NAACP leader and founder of the Black Armed Guard which fought the Klan in the late 1950s. Presentations by Al Sargis and Gary Hicks. Co-sponsored by the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis
Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 10:03 PM
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