In keeping with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (established by Carter G. Woodson in 1915), the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO; 659 14th Street) is presenting a series of short films and discussions for BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018. The unifying theme of these programs, offered every Saturday in February, is “African Americans in Times of War.” All programs start at 2:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
The series kicks off Saturday, February 3, with “With One Hand Tied,” a 57-minute documentary presented by WWII veteran Ivan J. Houston. The film tells the story of the Italian town that annually celebrates its liberation by black soldiers of the 92nd Infantry during WWII. Ivan’s book, Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of WWII, will be available for purchase and signing.
On Saturday, February 10, post-Vietnam era veteran Diane Williamson will present a screening of “Finding Our Place: The Oakland Black Veteran Experience.” This 20-minute film essay focuses on DeFremery House and segregation of the USO during WWII, utilizing local historical photographs and an interview with Bay Area civil rights leader, Frances Albrier (1898 – 1987).
On Saturday, February 17, Vietnam-era veteran Frederick Penn, a National Park Service ranger at the Presidio of San Francisco presents, “Col. Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers at the Presidio.” Mr. Penn’s PowerPoint slide presentation provides a revealing look at the time spent in the Bay Area by one of the most significant African American military figures in U.S. history.
The series concludes on Saturday, February 24, with Vietnam-era veteran Charles Blatcher III, the Chairman of the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, who will moderate a panel of African American leaders of veterans and military organizations based in the Bay Area in a discussion on the centennial of the WWI Armistice in 1918 and African American contributions to the U.S. military, “Why We Fight.”