Virginia Western, Harrison Museum to host special event beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 Virginia Western Community College and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture invite the public to attend a special presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 10, by author Linda Hervieux about her new book, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. The event will be held at the Harrison Museum in downtown Roanoke’s Center in the Square, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and followed by Hervieux’s talk at 6:15 p.m. A veteran from the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion will join Hervieux. The Harrison Museum requests a $20 donation for guests attending; college students with a valid student ID will be admitted free.
Published by Harper Collins on Oct. 27, Forgotten is the story of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions on D-Day have gone unrecognized to the present. In this extraordinary blend of military and social history, Hervieux brings to life the injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America and finally pays tribute to the valor of these brave young men.
Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Forgotten tells the tale of these heroic men whose contributions to one of the most extraordinary missions in modern history have been overlooked. Like thousands of other African Americans, members of the 320th—Wilson Monk, a jack-of-all-trades from Atlantic City; Henry Parham, a bus porter who fled Virginia’s sharecropping country; William Dabney, an eager seventeen- year-old army volunteer from Roanoke; and Samuel Mattison, a charming romantic from Columbus, Ohio—were sent abroad to fight for liberties denied them at home.
In England and Europe, these soldiers discovered freedoms they had not known in a homeland that treated them as second-class citizens, and they would carry these experiences back to America, to fuel the budding civil rights movement.
Hervieux has written more about the 320th men at www.lindahervieux.com, which has a page devoted to each man she tracked down. A video trailer featuring the men is at: https://youtu.be/e73e26_qcQ8.
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Silent Auction Features Artwork by Alonzo Hubbard, artist of Roanoke states, “My art is simply a tangible expression of how I process information relative to how I view life and my life situations. It is an expression of love, beauty, order and peace; the primary ingredient of our existence. My art incorporates a kaleidoscope of colors to express diversity in oneness. My art appeals to the heart, the spiritual self, the higher consciousness that is one in the universal consciousness and makes one feel a universal love and peace rather than a fabricated love that is fleeting and illusionary at best.”
Cover Art: “Intermission” by Alonzo Hubbard
Press Release for William Fleming’s Advanced Theatre Class World Premiere Production of:
Remnants of a Broken Past: Sponsored by the Harrison Museum, in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre
You are cordially invited to come and witness Remnants of a Broken Past, a heartfelt drama dealing with the immorality of the world of Genocides. This new and original, theatrical piece written by two members of William Fleming High School’s Advanced Theatre Class, Kayla Saunders and Jazmine Otey will be performed by the William Fleming High School Advanced Theatre Class. Our 2 authoresses were inspired to create this new piece of theatre after experiencing a unit called Theatre of the Holocaust, taught by instructor and director of the class, Larry Van Deventer. Remnants of a Broken Past cleverly tells the story of 3 Genocides; The Holocaust, Rwanda and Cambodia through the eyes of 4 High School students who have been assigned to work together on a project that has our students researching the dark horrors of Genocides and the millions of innocent lives affected by these acts of cowardice. Two of our students struggle to understand the fact that these Genocides ever occurred in the first place. Though some, like our two student skeptics may think the tragedy of Genocides never happened or was just a problem of the past, we aspire to educate the uneducated on these catastrophes that are still unfortunately on the rise today. We want to bring forth the hells that were once a reality for many, we want to be a voice for the millions of voices that were suddenly and deliberately silenced forever, and we want those shouts and cries to be heard. “I don’t believe the problems in this world can be solved by political or economic means alone. They will be resolved by sprit, by people who want to make a difference,” –Liz Walker. We the members of the William Fleming Advanced Theatre Class wish to be heard through the medium of theatre and our play; we wish to make a difference!
Join us for the World Premier of Remnants of Broken Past on April 18th for a 2:00p.m.matinee and a 7:00 p.m. evening performance to see the past unraveled before you. The show will take place on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre, 20 W. Church Ave. Southeast, Roanoke, VA. Tickets are $5 for students and adults. For further information call Larry Van Deventer, our head director, 853-6241, or Harrison Museum, 857-4395. Join us as we pay tribute to the millions of lives taken way too soon.
Note: There will be a Q & A after each show with the authors, cast and director.
Will you learn from history’s lesson?
A Mystical View of Tribal Heritage is an exhibit on loan from the International Museum Institute of New York. Faithfully recreated by award-winning artist Richard W. Jones (1934-2008), this critically acclaimed collection of authentic reproductions of ancient masks, murals, and sculptures celebrates 3,500 years of African Tribal Art and Traditions. From ancient nok heads to the spectacular masks dogon dances and contemporary South African murals, the popular faces of Africa is an intimate and mystical view of the tribal heritage!
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You are cordially invited to an open house with Artists and Musicians Lecture Series in collaboration with Hollins University, Roanoke College, and Virginia Western Community College.