Race, Rights in World War I Explored During Free Lecture

Tryon Palace WWI lecture series continues August 8 

East Carolina University assistant professor of history Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry will explore the role played by African Americans in the early Civil Rights movement during World War I with a free lecture held at the North Carolina History Center Saturday, Aug. 8, from 2-3 p.m. 

In addition to highlighting the contributions African-American soldiers and military support personnel made to aid in securing an Allied victory during World War I, this lecture will pay particular attention to how African Americans leveraged the contingencies of war to advance the cause of civil rights and social justice. 

Perry specializes in Atlantic world history with a particular emphasis on transnational race politics, empire, migration and movements for citizenship among people of African descent in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.

This free lecture is part of a WWI lecture series held throughout the summer in collaboration with the opening of “North Carolina in the Great War,” an exhibit open through Sept. 13 at the North Carolina History Center.