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About This Event

Time: February 24, 2021, 9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. EST

Location: Virtual Event

  • A Black soldier with the 12th Armored Division, Seventh US Army, stands guard over a group of German soldiers captured in the forest in April 1945. National Archives
  • A Black soldier with the 12th Armored Division, Seventh US Army, stands guard over a group of German soldiers captured in the forest in April 1945. National Archives

Racial discrimination and lynchings in America did not discourage James Baldwin from serving his country. As part of the 784th Tank Battalion, he helped free the Dutch from German occupation. Sgt. Leon Bass and his unit proudly bore witness to the Nazi atrocities in the Buchenwald concentration camp after it was liberated, even though they were treated as second-class citizens in the segregated US Army. The “Double-V” campaign encouraged Black Americans to join the war effort by advocating victory against fascism abroad, and against racism at home. Join us during Black History Month to honor Black Americans who served.

Speakers
DeNeen L. Brown, Award-Winning Journalist, the Washington Post, and Associate Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

Lynn Williams, Educational Program Consultant, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Moderator
Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Watch live at facebook.com/holocaustmuseum. You do not need a Facebook account to view our program. After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the Museum's Facebook page.