Port Chicago Disaster at 70: A Symposium on Race & the Military During WWII
Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Pleasant Hill, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The National Park Service and the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial present a symposim highlighting a tragic disaster 70 years ago in Concord, Calif., during World War II that helped promote the desegregation of the United States military.
The Port Chicago Disaster at 70: A Symposium on
Race and the Military During World War II
Thursday, July 17, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
The symposium will be in new cafeteria, entrance on the ground floor. Parking will be in Lot 7 and signs and greeters will direct folks to the cafeteria.
Presenters at the event will include:
- Leon Litwack (Professor Emeritus of History, University of California at Berkeley, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “Been in the Storm So Long: the Aftermath of Slavery”);
- Maggi Morehouse (Associate Professor of History at Coastal Carolina University, author of “Fighting in the Jim Crow Army: Black Men and Women Remember World War II”);
- Carolyn Johnston (Professor of History and American Studies at Eckerd College, author of “My Father’s War: Fighting with the Buffalo Soldiers in World War II”);
- Steve Sheinkin (Author of “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights”);
- J. Vern Cromartie (Professor of Sociology at Contra Costa College)
- The program will be moderated by John A. Lawrence, former Chief of Staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Robert Allen (Adjunct Professor, Retired, of African American Studies at University of California at Berkeley, author of “The Port Chicago Mutiny”).
The symposium is free, but registration is required.
The symposium is sponsored by East Bay Community Foundation, Diablo Valley College, The Burroughs Fund at Coastal Carolina University, and Bingham McCutchen LLP.