By Dixie Reid
Sacramento Public Library will screen Frank Martin's four-hour documentary "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots" in two parts - on Feb. 22 and Feb. 24 - at the Valley Hi-North Laguna branch library.
Showtime is 6:30 p.m. both days.
This is an excerpt from the film's website, www.forloveoflibertyeducation.org :
If prevalent and accepted accounts of American History - both scholarly and those portrayed by Hollywood - are to be believed, the face of the United States Armed Services was white.
The truth is over 5,000 Black soldiers fought in the American Revolution. And though most were not recognized as citizens or even free man, more than 200,000 took up arms in the Civil War. Over 380,000 African-Americans served in WW I and more than 2,000,000 defended this country in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Yet most accounts of their valiant actions are absent from history books and contemporary film.
"For Love Of Liberty: The Story Of America's Black Patriots" finally, and for the first time, sets the record straight.
The library presents the documentary in celebration of Black History Month.
Valley Hi-North Laguna Library is at 7400 Imagination Parkway, Sacramento (off Bruceville Road and south of Cosumnes River Boulevard.)
For more information: (916) 264-2920, www.saclibrary.org
Call The Bee's Dixie Reid, (916) 321-1134.