About the Program
Cameron McWhirter, staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, recounts the violence against African Americans that erupted throughout the United States from April to November 1919, deemed Red Summer. The author reports that following World War I, African American soldiers returned to the United States with expectations of full citizenship only to be met by a backlash, which took hundreds of lives. Mr. McWhorter recounts the riots that broke out from Connecticut to California and the resistance by African Americans, a precursor to the Civil Rights movement. Cameron McWhirter speaks at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.