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A Dawn Like Thunder: Africa, Black America, and World War II

A Free Veterans Day Lecture with Historian CR Gibbs

A Dawn Like Thunder: Africa, Black America, and World War II, a lecture by CR Gibbs .  The noted historian and Port Of Harlem Magazine contributor discusses the often neglected role African people played in WWII and the impact it had on Africa and Diaspora, and the interactions between all three.  The lecture is scheduled for Friday,November 11, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Alexandria Black History Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public.

C.R. Gibbs is the author/co-author of six books and a respected lecturer on a variety of historical topics. A popular television guest, Gibbs provided historical commentary for WUSA-TV, Channel 9’s coverage of the dedication of the King Memorial, and has also appeared on the History Channel. Mr. Gibbs has worked with Smithsonian Institution museums and is a D.C. Humanities Council scholar.


In 2009, the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust honored Gibbs for his more than three decades of articles, exhibits, and presentations on the military heritage of Africans and African Americans. In February 2013, he appeared in the PBS documentary, Meet Me at Equality on the 1963 March on Washington. In 2014, The Washington Informer newspaper honored Gibbs as one of the 50 most influential people in Washington, D.C.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia  22314 and it is five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available. For more information, please call 703.746.4356.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, Virginia Relay 711.


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