Authors & Characters Speaker Series
February 18, 2014 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Bay St. Louis Library, 312 Hwy 90, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi will speak on the subject of the "Court-Martial at Fort Devens, Massachusetts: WACS and Racial Discrimination in the North during World War II."
Dr. Bristol's talk examines why African Americans had to fight for the right to serve their country during World War II. At Fort Devens, Massachusetts, black nurses serving in the Women's Army Corps went on strike when white officers refused to allow them to take care of patients, assigning them janitorial duties instead. Two of these women felt so strongly about their right to serve that they were willing to endure a court-martial. The surprising outcome of that trial reveals that the seeds of changes had been planted.