Speaker examines history of African-American soldiers
Historian William Thierfelder will explore the history of African Americans serving in the U.S. armed forces, using Executive Order 9981 as a focal point.
In 1948 President Harry S. Truman signed the order, which integrated the military and mandated equal treatment. But the actual desegregation of the military was not complete for several years, and all-Black Army units persisted well into the Korean War.
The Black History Month presentation from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave., looks at the contributions of the African-American men and women who have protected the United States from the Revolutionary War to the present day and at the many obstacles they faced to achieve the respect and honor they deserve.