Adults, on Thursday, June 14 at 2:30 PM, join us in welcoming James Armstead, living historian, portraying Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. (December 18, 1912 -- July 4, 2002) was the first African-American general officer in the US Air Force. He was the commander of the first all-black air unit, the 99th Pursuit Squadron and commander of the 332nd Fighter Group (part of the Tuskegee Airmen) during World War II.
In this presentation, James Armstead will discuss America's rise as a world power.
The United States entered World War II in December of 1941 as the 19th related world military power and emerged from the conflict 4 years later as the foremost global super power, having built the largest naval and air forces in the world, organized the largest and most successful economy and developed nuclear weapons. The United States reorganized the allied nations; built alliances around the world, i.e., NATO, CENTO, and SEATO to define our military positions; sponsored the UN to provide for diplomatic organization of the international community, replacing the failed League of Nations; and provided for a new world order. The temporary wartime alliance of the Allied Powers dissolved at the conclusion of hostilities and the ensuing East-West tensions became a decades long conflict dubbed the Cold War, which remained the overarching strategic element in international relations throughout the 20th century.
This event is free and open to the public.