- Written by Lawanda Warthen
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Children of the World, this wonderful book by Major Lawanda Warthen of the United States Army, will help you to understand a terrible period in world history. During World War II, 1.5 million people died in a war that destroyed 16,000 villages, towns, and cities in Europe and nearly destroyed a race of innocent men, women, and children.
You have to help make sure this never, ever happens again.
This is the true story of 11 African American soldiers who died to help bring peace and freedom to a large part of the world during World War II. The incredible thing is that these brave men died a terrible death to defend millions of oppressed people when in their own country they were also oppressed.
Their sacrifice helped us all, and that is why it is so important that we remember them and honor them. The United States Army was desegregated shortly after the end of WW II, specifically because of how well they served.
That is their legacy. Thankfully, after more than 60 years the men who were the Wereth 11 are finally receiving the recognition that is so long overdue.
I hope this book will help you understand that we are members of one race–the human race–and that we must learn to live in peace and to love and respect one another.