In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, we will meet to discuss a group of WWII soldiers who were almost denied the opportunity to fight for their country because of their race. Join us to learn about and honor the Triple Nickles, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, America’s first black paratroopers. Kenneth Smith, a Triple Nickle since 1947 will be here in person to answer your questions. Author Tanya Lee Stone will also join us via Skype to discuss her book. After Q&A, everyone will explore artifacts related to the history of black military service in our Patricia Klingenstein Library.
About Courage Has No Color
“What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn’t ready to fight for you.” So ends the first chapter of this fascinating work of non-fiction exploring the struggles and triumphs of the men who formed the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, America’s first black paratroopers. Early in WWII, senior officials doubted the ability of African American men to perform combat roles. This daring battalion's struggle to prove themselves on the battlefield, and the bittersweet results of that struggle, highlight the frustrating, slow pace of racial progress during the 1940s. Meticulously researched, readers will see why this gripping work won a 2014 NAACP Image Award and multiple starred reviews.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool Museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Rita Williams-Garcia, plus Museum curators, historians, and other experts.
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