At Mason Square Branch Library Community Room
765 State Street, Springfield, MA
Saturday, May 16 between the hours of 1:00-3:00 p.m.
(The Honorable State Representative Ben Swan is scheduled to be at the Mason Square Branch showing)
Sixteen Acres Branch Library Meeting Room
1187 Parker Street, Springfield, MA
Saturday, May 23 from 1:30-2:55 p.m.
(The Honorable City Councilor Clodo Concepcion is scheduled to be at the Sixteen Acres Branch showing)
This is a film screening of the outstanding oral history documentary, Veterans of Color, that chronicles the challenges 31 African American male and female veterans faced during their military career and later adjustment to civilian life. According to the documentary, “These oral histories will enable future generations to hear directly from veterans the realities of their experiences and better understand the realities of war.”
Seventy-five years of involvement in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, and World War II resulted in over ½ million casualties and thousands of wounded American veterans. After participating in some of the bloodiest combat missions in American history, many veterans of color faced one of their fiercest battles dealing with housing and job discrimination, racial hatred, and other hardships when they returned home. This much-needed documentary tells their story.