Discussion in 'Honoring Black Ancestors' started by cherryblossom, Mar 24, 2012.
Sister, I saw this on your Status. Thank you for sharing!
Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will present Court-Martial at Fort Devens by Jeffrey Sweet at the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 West 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. The play officially opens on March 18 and closes on April 1.
Based on a true story, Court-Martial at Fort Devens documents the strike of black WACs (Women’s Army Corps) stationed in Massachusetts during World War II. The women joined the Army to be trained as nurses, only to be relegated to cleaning toilets, mopping floors and doing laundry. When they are court-martialed for refusing to follow orders during wartime, they fight a pioneering battle for racial equality in the segregated U.S. military.
“It is important to tell the story about these brave African American women soldiers, especially during Women’s History Month in March,” said King.
“These women battled the U.S. government in the courtroom for the right of equal opportunity. Their story was basically neglected in the major press. Thanks to African American newspapers across the country, the WAC’s court struggle during World War II was told.”
Being black and a WAC in World War II
Posted by sherry on 3/19/12 • Categorized as African American women,Military
Being black and a WAC in World War II | Auction Finds
The story behind the play was more intriguing than the play itself. That’s what I determined after watching a small cast tell the story of two black women who
....A 1943 article in the Lewiston Daily Sun newspaper in Maine noted that four women were on trial for court martial, accusing the Army of racial discrimination. According to aTime magazine article in 1945, the women were stationed at Lovell General Hospital at Fort Devens and were members of a company of 99 African American WACs. They had been among 60 of them, mostly orderlies, who contended in a sit-down strike that they “were given menial jobs and treated badly because they were black.”
These four were found guilty of disobeying a superior’s order and received dishonorable discharges.
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