African American History Month Lecture Examines Black Press during World War II

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a special lecture. 

 The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a special lecture as part of the U.S. Army War College African American/Black History Month commemorations. Dr. Mark Huddle will present a lecture entitled, "Roi Ottley's War: Racial Militancy and the Black Press During World War II," on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm in USAHEC's Visitor and Education Center. This special lecture is free and open to the public, and USAHEC's main exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," will be open beforehand.

The war years saw a spike in racial and ethnic violence, and in the military, there were armed confrontations between white and black troops across the South. Conflict in the military mirrored spasms of violence across the civilian landscape, as lynchings and race riots spread across the country. Paradoxically, this was a period of hopefulness as the political energies released in the 1930s by the New Deal and Popular Front carried over into the war as leaders sought to tie Nazism and fascism to southern racism. The Black press was at the forefront of this activism and instrumental in shaping the political agenda that carried over into the postwar period.Using the life and experiences of African American journalist Roi Ottley as a backdrop, Dr. Huddle will discuss rising racial and ethnic strife in the United States in the late 1930s and during World War II, and the on-going conflict between the U.S. government and the Black press.

Dr. Mark Huddle is an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia College and State University, where he specializes in African American history and popular culture. Born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio, he received his BA in International Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in American History from Western Carolina University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia. His first book, "Roi Ottley's World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist," was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2011.

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