Harlem’s Hell Fighters: They Made Music, Art and War
Where: New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
212-873-3400 Price: Free
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Through the stories of three of its most famous members, Sammons will reveal the impact the regiment had on music through the work of James Reese Europe, on art though the work of Horace Pippin, and heroism through the influence of Henry Johnson. The popularity of the Harlem Hellfighters was so great that in 1943 it was featured in the film Stormy Weather, clips of which will open the talk preceded by some James Reese Europe’s compositions. Plus, see Horace Pippin’s iconic piece, The Barracks, on display in our exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches.
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey Sammons, New York University, author of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality with John H. Morrow Jr.
Book signing after the program
Jeffrey T. Sammons, co-author of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, discusses the protracted struggle early in the 20th century of New York’s black citizens to force recognition from the state of New York for a black National Guard unit as well as the importance of military participation to the black freedom struggle and the fight for full citizenship.