Cancelled- Fighting for Freedom: Black Women in the Women’s Army Corps During World War II

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

Cancelled- Fighting for Freedom: Black Women in the Women’s Army Corps During World War II

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, 2 p.m.

*This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.*

During World War II, African-American women were allowed to join the military for the first time. The first contingent of African-American women who joined the Women's Army Corps trained in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where they were housed in segregated barracks, ate at separate dining tables and used segregated recreational facilities. Despite the hardships and discrimination, the women persevered and 36 of the original group graduated and were assigned to Officers Candidate School, Cooks and Bakers School, the Transportation Pool or the Clerical School.
 
A PowerPoint presentation by Janet Sims-Wood discusses the courageous example set by the first African-American WAC units in the United States and Europe.