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USS Mason Veteran Linden Kieffer at Norwalk, CT Memorial Day Event
The Stamford Advocate



PROUD was on Starz inBlack during February and March 2007 and was available from Starz On Demand.


Foundation remembers an experiment

The Bedford (VA) Bulletin


PROUD DVD review in the New York Times


Relationships Among African American Males

Thursday, February 20, 2007 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM

Cleveland State University, University Center Room 1, 2121 Euclid Ave.
Film workshop led by CSU faculty discussing PROUD

For details, contact the Black Studies Program at 216.687.3655

USS Mason: Forging a Path for Racial Democracy
Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7pm

In recognition of black history month, the National D Day Memorial Foundation will examine how interracial crews aboard the USS Mason forged a path for racial democracy in the military during WWII. The program includes a slide presentation and discussion and will be held at the Bedford Welcome Center. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet veteran Leonard Coleman of the USS Mason and view an excerpt from the movie Proud, featuring Ossie Davis. Free admission. A reception will follow.

The National D-Day Memorial is located at the interchange of Routes 460 Bypass and 122, in the city of Bedford, between Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. Full directions here.


Film and Lecture
Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 3:00 p.m.

Mason crewmember James Graham, will show the documentary “Proudly We Served” and answer questions about his days on the ship.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Main Street, PO Box 25
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631.367.3418

General Admission - Free to Members
Reservations Suggested

Thank you to the US Navy Bureau of Naval Personnel for listing USSMason.org among it's Diversity Observance links for Black History Month 2007.

New York (May 26, 2006) - Lorenzo Dufau, part of the
crew of the World War II destroyer escort USS Mason
(DE-59), talks to sailors on board the current USS Mason (DDG 87) in New York City during Fleet Week New York 2006.

Mr. Dufau was a member of the USS Mason during World War II, which was the first U.S. Navy ship predominantly manned by black crew members. The crew of the current USS Mason (DDG 87) honored Mr. Dufau on the ship while participating in Fleet Week New York 2006. Fleet Week is New York’s celebration of the sea services, honoring - through numerous Memorial Day events, remembrances and services - those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class David P. Coleman

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