On February 22, 2018, more than 40,000 students across the country participated in a live interactive Electronic Field Trip about African American experiences in World War II. The Museum-produced webinar, which streamed live twice that day (and will repeat at noon CT on February 27), contained segments about wartime life on the battlefront and the Home Front.
Hosts Rob Citino (the Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian) and Damon Singleton (a Navy veteran and meteorologist for New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU-TV) were assisted by Museum Distance Learning Specialist Shelbie Johnson and student reporters Mizani Ball and Maceo Carney.
Segments included interviews with National Park Ranger and WWII Home Front worker Betty Reid Soskin, Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel George Hardy, and Kelli English, National Park Service Ranger at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Concord, California.
Watch an archived stream of “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II” below.
Explore Museum assets for studying African Americans in World War II here. Watch past Electronic Field Trips here.