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Emory Library Explores African American Contributions To World War I

Pellom McDaniels, the curator of the African American collections in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University spoke to Reitzes about the contributions of African Americans to fighting World War I.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary since the United States entered World War I. Historian and archivist Pellom McDaniels has been studying that war for years.

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He is the curator of the African American collections in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University. And he’s focused on the critical contributions of African Americans to the war effort.

Emory is hosting an exhibition on the subject called “Questions of Manhood.” In conjunction with the exhibit, they will screen the documentary “Men of Bronze” about the Harlem Hellfighters tomorrow evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at the Woodruff Library.

McDaniels spoke with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about all of this programming in addtion to talking about his new book “Porter, Steward, Citizen,” a re-release of the 1917 memoir by Royal Christian, a valet who accompanies his boss Colonel Moorhead C. Kennedy to the front lines of the Great War.