NIC presents Buffalo Soldiers talk in honor of Black History Month

Dressed in an authentic 1880s cavalry uniform, historical reenactor and educator Albert Wilkerson will act as Top Sergeant Wilkie as he brings alive the history of the “Peacekeepers of the Old West: The Buffalo Soldiers” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 in North Idaho College's Todd Lecture Hall inside Molstead Library. In 1866, Congress broke the tradition of an all-white peacetime military and allowed African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Army. The two cavalry units, of six regiments that were authorized, faced the prejudice of white officers who refused to serve with the regiments as well as the harsh conditions in the Southwestern desert. The Native Americans honored them with the title “buffalo soldiers” and despite the obstacles they faced, the regiments won the praise of many commanders, had few deserters and a high number of troops who earned the medal of honor. The presentation is sponsored by the Diversity Events Committee in honor of Black History Month. It is free and open to the public. Information: (208) 769-3397.

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NIC Diversity Events Committee Chair Sharla Chittick, (208) 769-3397

Posted: Friday, Feb. 18, 2005

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