[act-ma] Film showing - Black Soldier Blues

Boston Militant Labor Forum bostonmlf at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 7 15:47:51 PDT 2009



The Militant Labor Forum presents a film showing
 
BLACK SOLDIER BLUES
 
            Using first hand
interviews with veteran African American soldiers, film footage of the war, and
recollections of native Australians, Black
Soldier Blues chronicles the experiences of African American
soldiers who were stationed in Australia 
during World War II. The prime minister, John Curtin, while welcoming the white
G.I.s, was adamantly opposed to having black soldiers stationed on Australian
territory. Eventually Black soldiers were allowed to go ashore and developed
relationships with the Australian people.
         In
the US 
military Black soldiers were for the most part assigned to service
units—engineering and quartermaster corps—while their officers were white.
Conflicts occurred primarily between American Blacks and the white military
police and shore patrol. As one veteran stated, the problem was “home grown. We
brought it with us.”
         Tensions
escalated until riots broke out in Brisbane 
between Black and white Americans during March of 1942. At this point the Queensland government
asked that the Black American troops be moved out of the city.
         Come to a discussion on the fight against
war and racism. 
Friday,
October 9, 7:30 pm
Militant
Labor Forum Hall
13 Bennington Street, 2nd
floor, East Boston
 
617-569-9169 or email: bostonmlf at yahoo.com
 
Suggested Donation -- $5 

Translation to Spanish available • Traducción al español 
 
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By train,
take the blue line to Maverick Square Station and walk down Meridian about 5
blocks to Bennington St., at Liberty Plaza.


      
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