Monday, May 31, 2010

For Love of Liberty

Black veterans say documentary gives them long-awaited recognition

30 May 2010 Film was screened at LBJ Library, shown on KLRU Austin.

When Vietnam veteran Horace Williams, a member of the Texas Buffalo Soldier Association and Company A at Camp Mabry, dons his uniform, he wears the Purple Heart he earned in combat over his heart so he doesn't forget. Brig. Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray recalls feeding hungry Iraqis on the same day he was ordered to knock down doors to search for insurgents. Betty Moseley Brown, a Marine Corps veteran and associate director of the Center for Women Veterans in Washington, remembers when women were known only for their military firsts.

These black veterans say Memorial Day is a bittersweet holiday for them because it largely ignores black military service through American history. This year, the release of an unprecedented four-hour documentary, "For Love of Liberty," has helped change that.


"No one has taken the opportunity or time to tackle this particular issue like Frank Martin," Salter said. "There are lots of historians who just chose not to write about the African American military experience. But I think 'For Love of Liberty' is a film that is going to be enduring." Continued

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