LINCOLN TOWERS UNIVERSITY
Organized by Lois Spatz and Lila Belanoff, Lincoln Towers University has expanded its ambitious
continuing education program. The currently scheduled Zoom classes are free. Qualified instructors
and new course topics are always welcomed; to volunteer to teach please contact Mary Stanton at
and to host a class (introduce the instructor), contact Lila Belanoff at
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CURRENT COURSE OFFERINGS AS ZOOM SEMINARS:
You must register for our courses with our Registrar, Eleanora von Dehsen, at
who will provide a Zoom link.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I:
AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS
Instructor: Mary Stanton
Date: Friday, June 18, 7:30-9:00pm
In 1930, the federal government sponsored a series of segregated trips to Europe for the surviving mothers and widows of WWI soldiers
to visit the graves of their fallen loved ones. Black women responded to the segregated pilgrimage in varied yet self-defining ways.
Some felt insulted by the Jim Crow arrangement and petitioned President Herbert Hoover to desegregate their travel. In a letter drafted
by the NAACP and signed by fifty-five Gold Star mothers, they pledged to refuse the trip rather than submit to segregation. Black
mothers and widows who decided to take the trip often did so in opposition to Black leaders and the Black press. Their pilgrimage affirmed
their right to grieve and define for themselves how to exercise their freedoms as Black mothers and wives. Why is it that most of us don’t
know this story?
Mary is an historian who has taught for Lincoln Towers University for six years.
None at present.
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