Sacred Ground

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 3 Dec 2018

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"I can't hear watcha sayin' because watcha doin' talks so loud" 

This was a great book. 
I'm having a hard time putting into words how I feel about this book, because it's not just a book, its not just a story. It's Timuel Blacks life. And what a life it was. He is a Historian, Emeritus professor, World War II veteran and so much more. 

From his days as a child, growing up in Chicago, Timuel grew up knowing injustice. He lived injustice.
As a young man he was drafted and sent overseas, there he saw young black soldiers, who were there risking their life like everyone else, being used as cannon fodder. 
He tells a story of when the Germans dropped a bomb on an ammunition dump, and soldiers had to go in and separate the live ammunition from the exploding ammunition. Black says that it was predominantly black soldiers being selected for the task, if you refused you would get a dishonorable discharge and if you accepted, you might not come back. 
Black survived the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He thought he had seen the worst the second world war had to offer, but nothing could prepare him for the horrors he would see when he liberated prisoners from the Buchenwald concentration camp.

When Black returned home he vowed to dedicate his life to fighting that injustice he had seen his whole life. 
And he has changed the landscape of our future.

This is an inspiring book. Some people ask the question, 'I'm just one person, what can I do. '
Reading this book it's amazing to see what one persona can do.
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