Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2018

2018 Union County Black History Month Celebration featuring a screening of Men of Bronze

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Angel G. Estrada joined Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin and Vice President of Student Development Dr. Demond Hargrove in welcoming Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., Director of Policy, Operations, & Governmental Affairs in the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, New Jersey Department of State, and historian and professor Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons to the Union County College campus in Cranford for the 2018 Union County Black History Month Celebration event featuring a screening of Men of Bronze, a rare 1977 documentary about the 369th Regiment in World War I.

Dr. Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, was the keynote speaker providing commentary on the film and discussed his book, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, he co-authored with John H. Morrow, Jr.

The 2018 Black History Month Celebration is sponsored by the Freeholder Board through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation, and is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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