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