From Liberators to Leaders: Stories from African American GIs in the Civil Rights Movement

Date: 2/16/2022
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Location: Zoom

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African Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II helped to liberate Survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi-occupied Europe. Many experienced racism and prejudice from their fellow soldiers and leaders. Upon their return to the United States, some veterans were determined to continue the fight against intolerance, this time targeting the racism and prejudice that permeated American society. Join Chhange’s Executive Director Dr. Sara E. Brown, as she examines the testimonies of African American veterans of World War II and the ways in which they applied lessons learned from the Holocaust to the Civil Rights Movement.

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Sara E. Brown is the Executive Director of Chhange, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. Brown holds the first Ph.D. in comparative genocide studies from Clark University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She has presented at an array of professional conferences around the world, is the author of Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda and the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Religion, Mass Atrocity, and Genocide, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts of Jersey Shore.

This program is a part of Brookdale Community College's Civility Week

Chhange educates, inspires, and empowers individuals to stand up to injustice.