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Lecture: Adriane Lentz-Smith

May 24 @ 7:00 PM

African Americans and the War for Democracy

Presented by Adriane Lentz-Smith

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Lecture begins at 7:00 PM

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For many of the 386,000 African Americans who served in the military during World War I, the Great War was their civil rights movement. Indeed, the generation before Martin Luther King forged their civil rights ideology by appropriating President Woodrow Wilson’s rhetoric in service to their own visions of self-determination and by protesting his administration’s expansionist vision of Jim Crow. This talk will focus on the experience of African American civilians and soldiers in the war years, with a particular focus on how World War I shaped the black freedom struggle.

Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I book cover

“Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I” book cover

Photo of Adriane Lentz-Smith

Author and Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History at Duke University where she holds secondary appointments in African & African-American Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. An historian of the black freedom struggle in the United States, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard, 2009) which won the Honor Book Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She is currently working on a new book project on African Americans and state violence in the post-civil-rights years.


May 24
7:00 PM


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