July 13, 2001

Desegregation in Combat: The Korean War Topic of Panel Discussion at Main Library July 28

Several African-American war veterans will discuss their experiences with desegregation during the Korean War in a panel discussion at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, on Saturday, July 28, 2:00 p.m. Desegregation in Combat: The Korean War commemorates the 53rd anniversary of the desegregation of the Armed Forces, and is sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAACP and the History & Genealogy Department of the Main Library.

�The panel discussion comes on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of President Harry S. Truman signing Executive Order 9981, which established the President�s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Forces.� It was accompanied by Executive Order 9980, which created a Fair Employment Board to eliminate racial discrimination in federal employment. However, it was not until 1954 that the last all-black unit had been abolished.

The Program:

        Master of Ceremony: Lt. Col. Maurice Adams, U. S. Army (retired)

        Panel Discussion: Antonio Carr, U. S. Army, Ernest Breckenridge, U. S. Army, Clarence Johnson, U. S. Navy, and Norman Carter, U. S. Army

        Recognition of Medal of Honor Recipients: Harold Johnson, World War II, U. S.� Navy, and Former President of the NAACP

Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired.� Please call

369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.

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