Black History Month Program/Capturing American History-The unique perspective of the African-American Service Member
Who: Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, Harlem Veteran Project
Where: 211 N. Main St. Rockford Illinois
When: Saturday February 16, 2019-1 to 5 PM
What: Capturing American History-The unique perspective of the African-American Service Member
Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, and the Black History Month Committee presents: “Capturing American History; The Unique Perspective of the African-American Service Member”.
After ten years of bringing historic World War II African American Veterans to the Rockford area, we are reinventing our program to present the unique experience that African Americans had while serving in the United States Military. We have partnered with the Harlem High School Veteran Project
to showcase local African-American Veterans that have been interviewed for the project. Both Veteran and student will discuss clips of the Veteran’s interview and the impact those topics had on each of them. These video interviews will be presented to the Library of Congress for historical and educational purposes. The program will also include special presentations honoring The Jefferson-Horton American Legion Post 340 and The Booker Washington Center.
A live video interview session will also be conducted.
Why: In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. On June 25th 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 8802 establishing the fair employment practice that began to erase discrimination in the Armed Forces. This executive order gave African Americans an opportunity to serve their county as equals. Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is honored to present these patriotic Veterans to Rockford community in celebration of Black History Month.
Doors open at 12:30 PM with the opening ceremony scheduled for 1:00 PM. The event will conclude at 4PM with an autograph session in our library. A donation of $3.00 is requested, students and seniors are free.