Democratic Club Black History Month Film Presentation
- Date: 02/21/2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Location: Greenbriar Community Building
7600 Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
The Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club will celebrate Black History Month Friday, February 21, 2020 at a slightly earlier time than usual,7pm, at the Greenbriar Community Building, 7600 Hanover Parkway. We will present a film documenting the fascinating history of American’s “Six-triple eight”, the only all Black Female Battalion of WAC’s who were stationed in Europe during World War Two.
Their story began with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, who successfully advocated for the admittance of African-American women as enlisted personnel and officers in the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) although segregation prevailed in the rest of the army.
After basic and specialized training, they sailed for England in February 1945, and survived encounters with Nazi U-Boats and a V-1 missile attack. In Birmingham England and later in Rouen and Paris, their mission was to address a two to three year backlog of undelivered mail. The undelivered mail and packages, caused by the ever-changing location of nearly seven million troops as they advanced across Europe, created a serious morale problem.
Working with local citizens and German POW’s, the “6888” resolved the immense backlog while encountering some unique problems and interesting situations.
The unit returned to the US a year later, and members have since been honored in London, Paris and at several events in the US.
The U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Ft. Lee, VA includes an exhibit of wax figures showing several of the women at work during WWII.
The film’s producer, Edna W, Cummings, will be available to respond to questions and comments.