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The public is invited to “’Measuring Up to the Standards of Democracy’: The Patriotic Work of Tuskegee's Robert Russa Moton and Emmett Jay Scott during The Great War,” a talk by Dr. Derryn Moten, on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill.

Moten’s talk will examine the volunteer civilian roles of Tuskegee Institute’s Robert Russa Moton and Emmett Scott in World War I.  Former Alabama Gov. Charles Henderson appointed Moton as the head of the Negro committee for the State Council of Defense. Secretary of War Newton Baker requested Scott as his special assistant for Negro troops. Moton and Scott performed their duties before integrated as well as segregated audiences across the U.S.

Moten is professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Alabama State University.

Moten’s talk is part of a Draughon Center series commemorating the 100th anniversary of U.S.’s participation in World War I and is made possible with funding the Alabama Humanities Foundation, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Maiben Beard at 844-4903.