Baltimore conference honors African-American veterans
Morgan State University is sponsoring “No Longer Forgotten: African-Americans in the Korea War, 1950-1953,” in Baltimore, according to a U.S. Navy news release.
The April 16-19 conference, held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the war, “will offer veterans and attendees an opportunity to interact with history scholars, professionals, researchers and students on topics concerning the role and contributions of African-Americans in defense of this nation,” Dr. Charles Johnson Jr., an associate professor and chairman, said.
One of the planners and chairwoman is the Naval Historical Center’s Dr. Regina Akers, who will lead a session on “Encouraging Research and Publications on African-Americans in Military History.”
“This conference is unique in that it is one of the largest assemblies of African-American Korean War veterans,” Akers said. “Few symposia about this war have included the participation of blacks or the impact of the women’s armed forces integration act of 1948 and Executive Order 9981. While scholars and specialists will be making presentations, many of the sessions feature the veterans themselves.”
The conference will address topics including “The Impact of the Korean War on Race Relations,” “African-American Women in the Korean War” and “The Untold Story of African-American Korean War Veterans.”