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The Right to Fight and Serve: The Montford Point Marines

In June of 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, the first presidential decree issued on race since the Reconstruction era. The order barred government agencies and federal contractors, including the armed services, from refusing employment on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin. For the first time, Marines would be required to recruit and enlist African Americans, who would be segregated to Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC. The Montford Point Marines faced racism, hatred, and violence. Sharon Stokes-Perry will share the story that echoes that of the Harlem Hellfighters and discuss the struggles still faced by African Americans and women in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Right to Fight and Serve: The Montford Point Marines
  • Times:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • July 31, 2017 to July 31, 2017
  • Grand Rapids Public Library- Main Branch
  • Free