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ASU to Discuss African Americans in the United States Military

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The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University will sponsor a special program evaluating African-Americans’ service in the United States military.

The program, titled “African Americans in the United States Military: Why They Served,” will be held on Thursday, February 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National Center located at 1345 Carter Hill Road on the campus of ASU.

Part one of the program will feature  expert scholars, historians and military personnel providing a historical assessment of blacks’ participation in the nation’s armed forces in both a combat and non-combat role. ASU graduate and adjunct history professor, Joseph Caver, will discuss ASU's role in World War I.

Part two will feature a panel of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as the Gulf War and the War in Afghanistan. These veterans will provide personal stories regarding how and why they served in the military and lead the audience in determining the overall significance of African-Americans’ military support for their nation.

This program is part of ASU’s month-long Black History Month celebration, and conveys the National Black History Month theme for 2018: “African Americans in Times of War.”

For more information, contact Ms. Eleanor Boyd at 334-229-4824 or email:


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