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Tue May 26, 2009
Remembering African Americans' Service In The Great World War
Kansas City, MO – UMKC Pellom McDaniels discusses the contributions of African American soldiers who served in World War I, including a man from Kansas City who was the last soldier killed during the Great War. McDaniels has organized an exhibit called They Came to Fight: African Americans and the Great World War, on display through June 20th, at UMKC's African American Culture House.
KCUR's Susan B. Wilson also speaks with Hamilton University professor Chad Williams about the larger context of African Americans in World War I. Williams will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and give a lecture at the World War I Museum National World War One Murseum on May 26th. His book, Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers and the Era of the First World War, will be published in the fall.