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Remembering African Americans' Service In The Great World War


Kansas City, MO – UMKC Pellom McDaniels discusses the contributions of African American soldiers who served in World War I, including a man from Kansas City who was the last soldier killed during the Great War. McDaniels has organized an exhibit called They Came to Fight: African Americans and the Great World War, on display through June 20th, at UMKC's African American Culture House.

KCUR's Susan B. Wilson also speaks with Hamilton University professor Chad Williams about the larger context of African Americans in World War I. Williams will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and give a lecture at the World War I Museum National World War One Murseum on May 26th. His book, Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers and the Era of the First World War, will be published in the fall.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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