WestportREADS 2016: Black Heroes of D-Day

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

forgottenwr buttonPhotographer and journalist Linda Hervieux talks about Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this blend of military and social history—a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose made crucial contributions at D-Day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in World War II.

linda hervieuxIn telling the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, Linda Hervieux offers an account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice. 

"Forgotten is an utterly compelling account of the African-Americans who played a crucial and dangerous role in the invasion of Europe. ... The story of their heroic duty is long overdue."—Tom Brokaw, bestselling author of The Greatest Generation

Linda Hervieux is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the Fodor’s Paris guide, among other publications. This is her first book.

 

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