This article first appeared September 14, 2018 in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Thousands of historians, public school teachers and others committed to learning about the role of African-Americans in times of war will gather at the 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Indianapolis next month. 

Commemorating the centennial of the end of “The Great War,” the conference will explore the paradoxes of war and the Black liberation struggle for freedom and equality abroad and at home in America.

“We look at war in the United States as a way to say, ‘What does it mean to love your country, and yet, have unrequited love returned?’ or ‘What does it mean to love your country and proudly wear the uniform of your country?’” said Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, president of ASALH and the Victor S. Thomas Professor and chair of History and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University.

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