Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, or, as many called it “The War To End All Wars.” While America entered the war to “make the world safe for democracy,” democracy wasn’t yet safe for all Americans. In 1917, as millions of American men trained, armed, and prepared to serve, one particular unit was purposely set up to fail by their own government. Because these soldiers were African American, the U.S. Army feared their success might inspire and empower others in their community. These soldiers were humiliated, sabotaged, and ultimately forbidden from fighting alongside other American troops. As a result they were passed off to the French Army and despite continued meddling from Washington, ended up returning as some of the most decorated heroes in the entire war. This is the subject of my soon to be released graphic novel, THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS.
Working with artist Canaan White, I have written a fictionalized account of these heroic Americans. It will be available on April 1st from Broadway Books and Avatar Comics and is now available for pre-order (see retailers below).