The first Sunday of the month, the Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society presents the George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series. The series consists of a number of informative lectures presented by subject-matter experts, in an effort to educate the community on local history and often to illuminate the role that Allen County people and events have played in the broader scope of national and international affairs.
This month’s lecture is “War as a Tool for Group Uplift: African Americans and War, Part II: 1941–1975,” presented by Anthony L. Conley. African Americans have long used participation in U.S. military interventions as a means to claim and secure their rights as citizens. Supporters of the “war as a tool for group uplift” thesis have argued that fighting in the county’s military conflicts must culminate in improved political, economic and social conditions for the group. Others, however, have challenged the notion of fighting for a country that has often refused to recognize and defend their citizenship rights. Focusing specifically on the period between World War II and the Vietnam War, Conley will outline the triumphs and pitfalls of the “war as a tool for group uplift” thesis.
For more information, email the History Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 260.426.2882.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.