Speaker: Blair L. M. Kelley, Associate Professor of History, Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University
When the United States entered the Great War to make the world “safe for democracy,” democracy was not a reality for black Americans given the strictures of Jim Crow segregation. This talk will explore the political debates about the war, the service of African American men abroad, and the violence that greeted black service men when they returned, exploring the First World War as a turning point in the fight for black equality and full citizenship.
Purchase a boxed lunch—or just bring your own. Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7982.