Bainbridge Island military historian Larry Kerr presents Black Soldiers in the Civil War on Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Although our speaker will be attending in person, the program will also be streamed (barring technical problems). Here is the link if you aren't able to join us in the Bainbridge Library community room:

Despite prejudice and racial discrimination, roughly 180,000 Black men served during the Civil War in the U.S. Army and Navy, often in segregated units, and nearly 40,000 died over the course of the war. Military historian and retired diplomat Larry Kerr discusses the roles that Black servicemen played in the Civil War, the challenges they faced, and what they accomplished for their nation. Larry Kerr is a retired career member of the US Senior Foreign Service. His final posting was a secondment to the faculty of the National Defense University where he lectured in National Security Policy and the History of the Great Empires. Following retirement from the State Department, he has lectured at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico and the Inter-American Defense College in Washington DC. Earlier, he spent a decade as an Army infantry officer where his assignments included duty in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam as an Airborne Infantry and Special Forces troop leader.

COVID-19 UPDATE! In accordance with Bainbridge Public Library’s new Covid-19 protocols, you may wear a mask at Library U’s Spring Humanities Series or go without. We strongly request all community members to respect individuals' personal decisions on wearing or foregoing masks. Proof of Covid vaccination will not be required.

Library U is sponsored by the Bainbridge Public Library with funding support from the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library and a generous donation in memory of Louise Brody Weissman. Library U's Spring 2022 Humanities Speaker Series is made possible through funding and support from Humanities Washington, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to spark conversation and critical thinking in communities across our state.

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