A discussion on why African Americans had to fight for the right to serve their country during World War II will be given by Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m. The discussion will be held at the Bay St. Louis Library as part of their “Authors and Characters Speaker Series.”
Bristol’s presentation, “Court-Martial at Fort Devens, Massachusetts: WACS and Racial Discrimination in the North during World War II,” will focus on black nurses serving in the Women's Army Corps at Fort Devens in Massachusetts and how they went on strike when white officers refused to allow them to take care of patients.
The Bay St. Louis Library is located at 312 Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis. For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf Coast College of Arts and Letters, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/arts-letters.