Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to present the John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration: Fighting for Freedom: Blacks in the Military from World War II to 2020 on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The panel discussion, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, will focus on the battle against fascism abroad and for equal rights at home for African Americans. Topics will include The Pittsburgh Courier’s 1942 Double V Campaign as well as conditions for African Americans in today’s military. The discussion will be moderated by Lynne Hayes Freeland, talk show host KDKA-Radio and TV.
The event panelists are:
Dr. Laurence Glasco is a University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor in the Fields of Race and Ethnicity, as well as Urban History. His Research interests have focused on the history of Black Pittsburgh.
Timothy Jones is a Veterans Leadership Program Service Navigator. He also facilitates Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention training’s, Suicide Prevention training’s and does public speaking addressing issues of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and sexual assault.
Richard G. Portis is Director of his company, XXI-C Industries. He is also a leader and advocate of Veterans Employment/Entrepreneurship Outreach & Training programs. A certified business coach and administrator, he developed, launched and managed The Veterans Entrepreneurial Training Project (VETP) as a project consultant for Robert Morris University in 2003.
In honor of the late John L. Ford Sr., retired Soldiers & Sailors Historian and founder of the Soldiers & Sailors African American Heritage Celebration, we are proud to name this annual observance in his honor.
Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are recommended. Click here to make your reservation. Light refreshments will be available.