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“BREATH OF FREEDOM” Film Screening Honors WWII African-American GIs

  |   February 17, 2014  |  Comment

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Pare Lorentz Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Catharine Street Community Center of Poughkeepsie, New York, will host a film screening of the Smithsonian Network’s BREATH OF FREEDOM” (2014). This new film is about the African-American GIs who helped rebuild Germany at the end of World War II.

After experiencing equality for the first time overseas, African-American GIs helped spark the Civil Rights Movement in the America. Narrated by Cuba Gooding, Jr., the film features interviews with General Colin Powell and Congressman John Lewis as well as with Walter Patrice and Joe McPhee of Poughkeepsie, New York.

They fought to liberate Germany from Nazi rule, as racism reached unfathomable levels. Their fight would continue back home on American soil. “BREATH OF FREEDOM” is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Discover their encounters with hatred, from the enemy and from within their own ranks.

Explore this paradoxical chapter in American history through interviews with war heroes, including Colin Powell, Tuskegee ace pilot Roscoe Brown, and Charles Evers, brother of Civil Rights activist and World War II veteran Medgar Evers.

The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. This event is free and open to the public. 

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