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TORCHBEARERS OF DEMOCRACY: African Americans & World War I

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The Connor Professorship in American Literature, the UTC Africana Studies Program, the UTC Department of History, the UTC College of Arts and Sciences present a distinguished guest lecture by Dr. Chad Williams of Brandeis University. Dr. Williams's 2010 book Torchbearers of Democracy has quickly become the authoritative text on the critical, but often overlooked, role of African American soldiers in the Great War. His UTC campus lecture will examine how the war represented an important opportunity for black servicemen to prove their devotion to their country in the ranks of the U.S. military. But, as they set off for Europe, they experienced the same segregation and degradation they had hoped to leave behind.

Thursday, November 8 at 5 p.m.
University Center Auditorium, UTC Campus
Copies of Torchbearers of Democracy will be sold outside the UC Auditorium starting at 4:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
Attendees in need of accommodations are invited to contact UTC's Disability Resource Center at (423) 425-4006.
For information about visitor parking, please contact Parking Services at (423) 425-4051.
Additional questions may be directed to Dr. Susan Eckelmann Berghel at or (423) 425-5621.
For more information about the UTC event program on WWI: 100 Years Later, visit the main homepage:

About the speaker: Dr. Chad Williams is the Spector Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University. He specializes in African American and modern United States History, African American military history, the World War I era and African American intellectual history. He is author of the award-winning book Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era. He has published articles in numerous leading journals and collections. He has earned fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He is currently completing a study of W. E. B. Du Bois and World War I.
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