Red Summer 1919: Commemorating the Past, Confronting Its Presence
Many African American soldiers returned from WWI with a newfound sense of pride and determination for equality, but home was still plagued by racial violence, heightened during the “Red Summer” of 1919. A century later Dr. Geoff Ward, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University, discusses his research and engagement efforts to address the history of racial violence and its legacies today. Ward considers the scientific evidence that U.S. communities remain affected by centuries of this violence, while discussing transformative justice projects communities are implementing to confront these enduring impacts, including in Missouri.
This program is offered by the WW I Museum and Memorial in collaboration with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group and the National Archives at Kansas City.