Commemorating the African American Military Experience

Please join us this Friday, November 11th, 9 am – 4 pm for the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center annual Veteran’s Day program. Come listen to the brave and courageous Veterans that will be sharing their military experiences. Be enlightened by historians and enjoy the historical visual exhibits that preserve and display military artifacts and memorabilia. This commemoration is a program you will never forget.


The African American military experience extends from their arrival in America to the present day.  There is no war fought by the United States in which they did not participate.  Nonetheless, their formidable presence and unwavering commitment to this country has never fully been included in the broader narrative.  This commemoration informs the community about the unique and distinctive roles that  African Americans played in the armed forces and honors their valor and bravery.

The program will be held in two venues.   Military historians will present at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and Military Exhibitors and Re-enactors will be at the Carver Recreation Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


9:00 – 9:30 Welcome, Honor Veterans, Lift Every Voice and Star Spangled Banner

9:30 – 10:30 Film – No Short Climb: Race Workers and

America’s Defense Technology

Commentator: Mr. Lorenzo Dickerson 

10:30 – 11:00 “Under a Foreign Flag” about the life and times of aviator Eugene Bullard

Captain Howard L. Baugh 

11:00 – 11:30 Disparities and Civil Rights

Mr. Anthony Hawkins 

11:30 – 12:00 Slaves, Soldiers and Citizens: African Americans in Civil War Virginia

Professor Ervin Jordan 

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH 

1:00 – 2:00 The Soul of Vietnam: African Americans and the

Vietnam War

Mr. Sam Black 

2:00 – 2:30 Montford Point Marines

Dr. James Averhart 

2:30 – 3:00 Reflections from Veterans

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Office of Equity and Diversity, UVA, The City of Charlottesville, Office of African American Affairs, UVA and Clark Jackson Insurance.

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