Story posted October 01, 2004
Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will speak about his book Brothers In Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, in Morrell Gymnasium, on the Bowdoin College campus. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
A powerful wartime saga, Brothers in Arms recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st Black Panthers, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II. Abdul-Jabbar first learned about the battalion from family friend Leonard "Smitty" Smith, a veteran of the battalion.
Working with acclaimed writer and Bowdoin College faculty member Anthony Walton, Abdul-Jabbar interviewed some of the surviving members of the battalion and their descendants to weave together a page-turning narrative based on their memories and stories, from basic training through the horrors on the battlefield to their postwar experiences in a racially divided America.
The lecture is open to the public, but seating is limited. Free tickets are required, and are available while they last at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on campus between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. weekdays. To reserve tickets over the phone call (207) 725-3375.
Members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends may get tickets at the McLellan Building, 85 Union Street, weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4 p.m.
A book signing will follow the lecture. Abdul-Jabbar will be signing his books only.
(Story posted September 28)