Please join Chevalier’s to welcome Linda Hervieux, journalist, photographer and author of the critically acclaimed book, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, on Friday, March 4th at 7pm. Hervieux resides in France, but is touring the US in honor of Black History Month. In addition to sharing her research and photos, she will discuss how the experiences of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion in Europe helped fuel the Civil Rights movement in America.
We are delighted to be Linda Hervieux’s bookstore stop in Los Angeles and we hope you will join us for a fascinating evening of discussion.
The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this extraordinary blend of military and social history—a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognized to this day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in World War II.In telling the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, Linda Hervieux offers a vivid account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice