Columbia Global Centers | Paris

 

forgotten

 

Book presentation and discussion with author Linda Hervieux

Monday, October 3, 19h

Reid Hall, Grande Salle

4 rue de Chevreuse  75006

 

The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognized to this day.

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in World War II. Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Linda Hervieux tells the story of these heroic men charged with an extraordinary mission, whose contributions to one of the most celebrated events in modern history have been overlooked.
 

Linday Hervieux Linda Hervieux is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Daily Beast, among other publications.  A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, she lives in Paris, France, with her husband. This is her first book.

 

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