Book on Integration of U.S. Military Focus of May 18 Roundtable - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Book on Integration of U.S. Military Focus of May 18 Roundtable Discussion

Photo credit: USM Photo credit: USM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of History, Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, and the African American Military History Museum will host a roundtable book discussion on Integrating the US Military Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the museum located at 305 6th Street, Hattiesburg. The event is open to the public.

Event moderators Dr. Douglas Bristol and Dr. Heather Stur of the Department of History at Southern Miss edited the featured book, which is the first to compare the integration of African Americans, Japanese Americans, women, and gay men and lesbians in the U.S. military. According to Bristol, the book reveals that, although the military is a conservative institution, it often has been on the forefront of civil rights.

“In the 1940s, the 1970s and the early 2000s, military integration and promotion policies were, in many ways, more progressive than similar efforts in the civilian world. At the same time, the book examines the discrimination within the military that led to civil rights reforms, highlighting the role that women and minorities played in fighting discrimination,” Bristol said.

Bristol will discuss how the targeting of black soldiers for harsh punishments and violence from World War II through Vietnam offers a historical perspective for the mass incarceration of black men and for the Black Lives Matter movement. Stur will discuss how deep-seated cultural attitudes about men and women condone the objectification of women's bodies and aggressive sexual behavior within the military and on college campuses. Both will raise questions about the interplay between the military and civilian society. 

This event is another collaborative initiative between Southern Miss History and the African American Military History Museum, and Bristol believes this partnership underscores one of the central points of the book. “The military’s role in advancing civil rights cannot be understood unless the experience of women and minorities become central to the history of the military and the United States. Part of what will help re-center American history are discussions such as this roundtable being held in African American institutions.”

For more information about the Department of History and the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, visit www.usm.edu/history.

Copyright 2017 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Two injured in Hwy 11 wreck in Forrest County

    Two injured in Hwy 11 wreck in Forrest County

    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:55:57 GMT
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Highway 11 near Mak's gas station, according to state troopers on the scene.  Emergency crews transported one person to a hospital via ambulance. State troopers said the jaws of life were used to free one person from the wreckage.  The Moselle Fire Department and the Forrest County Sheriff's Office responded to the wreck.  Copyright W...More >>
    A two-vehicle crash in Forrest County injured two people Thursday afternoon. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Highway 11 near Mak's gas station, according to state troopers on the scene.  Emergency crews transported one person to a hospital via ambulance. State troopers said the jaws of life were used to free one person from the wreckage.  The Moselle Fire Department and the Forrest County Sheriff's Office responded to the wreck.  Copyright W...More >>
  • United Way of Southeast MS holds annual meeting, luncheon

    United Way of Southeast MS holds annual meeting, luncheon

    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:07 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:07:56 GMT
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. “It’s the time when we get together to thank our donors, our volunteers, our advocates," said Tracie Fowler, president of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. "Kind of reveal our dollars raised for the year, give out a few awards for some of our folks that have really gone above and beyond...More >>
    Several hundred people gathered for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi's annual meeting and thank you banquet Thursday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. “It’s the time when we get together to thank our donors, our volunteers, our advocates," said Tracie Fowler, president of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. "Kind of reveal our dollars raised for the year, give out a few awards for some of our folks that have really gone above and beyond...More >>
  • Christian Food Mission to host ribbon cutting, open house

    Christian Food Mission to host ribbon cutting, open house

    Thursday, April 26 2018 4:43 PM EDT2018-04-26 20:43:37 GMT
    Christian Food Mission will host an open house Thursday to debut their new facility. (Photo Source: Christian Food Mission)Christian Food Mission will host an open house Thursday to debut their new facility. (Photo Source: Christian Food Mission)

    Christian Food Mission is set to debut their new facility and location Thursday during a ribbon cutting and open house.  Jones County Chamber of Commerce Prior to moving to 2507 Moose Drive, the building sat at 506 Chantilly Street. Since December 25, 1982, the organization has served meals to the needy in Jones County. It became a non-profit on June 16, 1987 with the help of a small group of volunteers.   According to Christian Food Mission’s we...

    More >>

    Christian Food Mission is set to debut their new facility and location Thursday during a ribbon cutting and open house.  Jones County Chamber of Commerce Prior to moving to 2507 Moose Drive, the building sat at 506 Chantilly Street. Since December 25, 1982, the organization has served meals to the needy in Jones County. It became a non-profit on June 16, 1987 with the help of a small group of volunteers.   According to Christian Food Mission’s we...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly