The July 27th Freedom to Serve Forum, which honored President Truman's executive order ending racial segregation in the U.S. military, drew approximately 100 attendees and generated considerable media attention, including coverage from C-SPAN.
The event took place at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, MO and was moderated by NPR and FOX News commentator Juan Williams. Panelists explored the history of desegregation in the U.S. military, the experiences of African-American veterans who served in segregated units and the perspectives of scholars and service members on remaining challenges to women, gays and racial minorities in the armed forces.
The forum also generated hits in local print and radio news outlets throughout the weekend, including:
Kansas City Star
Equality Still is AWOL from the Ranks of U.S. Military, by Mary Sanchez (editorial writer)
Military Integration Mission Accomplished? Not Quite, by Clifton Truman Daniel
Kansas Public Radio
KCUR 89.3 FM
The Independence Examiner
Freedom Forum Celebrates Military Desegregation
Journalist Lauds Truman Decision
Six decades after desegregation in the armed forces, we urge leaders to draw upon President Truman's courage and leadership to ensure that all patriots have the freedom to serve.
07-30-09 By Paul DeMiglio, Senior Communications Manager |