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cache 13294 0x0For its 17th annual Black History Month Lecture, VCU Libraries is featuring a statement from an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois about black veterans returning from World War I. He wrote "We return. We return from fighting. We return fighting." The program will feature a conversation-style panel of experts who will offer insight into the experiences of African-American veterans.

Discussion on African-American WWI veterans to highlight Black History Month events at VCU

By Brian McNeill
via the Virginia Commonwealth University web site

Throughout February, Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events, including a keynote address on political engagement among African-Americans and a panel discussion exploring how the United States has historically treated African-American veterans.

On Feb. 20, VCU Libraries will host its 17th annual Black History Month Lecture with a thought-provoking discussion about how U.S. society has treated African-American veterans after their service and how that affects them and their communities.

The event, which will be held from 7-9 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303), will feature:

  • Adriane Lentz-Smith, Ph.D, associate professor of African and African-American studies and women’s studies at Duke University and author of the 2009 book “Freedom Struggles: African-Americans and World War I.” Lentz-Smith will address the challenges faced by African-Americans after service during WWI.
  • Kiara Boone, deputy director of community education with the Equal Justice Institute, who will discuss EJI’s landmark 2016 report, “Lynching in America: Targeting Black Veterans.”
  • Jeffrey Blount (moderator), an Emmy Award-winning television director whose 34-year career at NBC News included a decade of directing such shows as “Meet the Press,” “Today” “The Chris Matthews Show” and others. He is a commentator on issues of race and social justice and a novelist whose latest book, “The Emancipation of Evan Walls,” is forthcoming this spring from Koehler Books.

Read the entire article on the VCU web site here:

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