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Veterans of Color Film Screening Nov. 5 at James Weldon Johnson Community Library

St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 28, 2016) – The James Weldon Johnson Community Library, at 1059 18th Avenue South in St. Petersburg presents a screening and discussion of the film Veterans of Color on Saturday, November 5 beginning at 1 p.m. Created by the Manasota chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the film preserves the voices of African American veterans from nearby communities.

Following the film presentation, a panel of local St. Petersburg veterans who have served our country throughout wartime will share their own stories of courage, adversity and triumph in a live discussion format moderated by Gwendolyn Reese, representative of the African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg, FL, Inc.

This event is the third in a series of programs featuring local veterans of color. This locally produced film was a response to the U.S. Congress Veterans Project initiative to preserve and make accessible personal accounts of American war veterans to enable future generations to hear directly from the veterans the realities of their experience. 

The program is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

For more information, contact the Johnson Library at 727-893-7113.

The St. Petersburg Library System is pleased to offer this program as a part of its Community Development Initiative, a method to enhance the provision of resources, services, and programs focused on the Education, Economy, Ecology, Equity, Efficiency and Engagement of our community.

ABOUT YOUR ST. PETERSBURG LIBRARY:  St. Petersburg’s Library System provides library resources to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual and social needs of its diverse community. It operates seven community libraries, including the Main Library, North Community Library, South Community Library, West Community Library, Johnson Community Library, Mirror Lake Community Library and a micro-library at Childs Park. For more information, visit


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