Veterans event highlights contributions of 2 black women


By Courtney Linder

In a room inside Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, retired historian and panel moderator John L. Ford Sr. began the largely positive 7th Annual African American Heritage Celebration with scathing words for President Donald Trump.

The vast majority of black voters did not back the Republican candidate, said Mr. Ford. For that reason, he continued, Trump supporters believe the president owes no favors to black people. “But since he’s commander in chief of our army, he owes us for the years of enslavement … and so many of our people fighting wars.”

Mr. Ford then segued into a brief history lesson, highlighting influential black military members, including Crispus Attucks, a martyr of the American Revolution, and Robert Smalls, an enslaved man who eventually became a sea pilot during the Civil War.

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