NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) — The National WWII Museum will be celebrating Black History Month by hosting events honoring African American wartime heroes throughout February.

Lunchbox Lecture: “Siren of the Resistance: The Artistry and Espionage of Josephine Baker”

  • When: Wednesday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. CT
  • This is a free, virtual event.
  • What: Learn about the life of Jazz Age entertainer Josephine Baker from Historian Dr. Kristen D. Burton, Lecturer of US History at The University of Alberta.

Film Screening: Reel History: “Carmen Jones”

  • When: Tuesday, February 15
  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT, presentation and screening at 6:00 p.m. CT
  • This is a free, in-person event.
  • What: The museum will be hosting an in-person screening of “Carmen Jones,” a muscial telling the story of a young, beautiful woman who gets into trouble while working in a parachute factory within an all-African American camp. Trouble then leads her to the handsome and engaged Corporal Joe.

Student Webinar: The 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion: The African American Heroes of the D-Day Invasion 

  • When: Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • This is a free, virtual event. (This webinar is appropriate for grades K-12)
  • What: Students can learn about the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion and their mission protecting U.S. soldiers during the D-Day invasions.

Programs taking place virtually can be found on the museum’s YouTube channel. For information about the National WWII Museum’s COVID-19 policies, click here.