High Noon Talk: Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement
December 1, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Discover how the heroism of Texan, Doris Miller extends well beyond his wartime service.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, after serving breakfast and turning his attention to laundry services aboard the USS West Virginia, the ship’s Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie” Miller heard the alarm calling sailors to battle stations. For his heroic actions that followed, Miller was later awarded the Navy Cross, the third-highest naval award for combat gallantry. Hear from Historian Michael Parrish, who painstakingly reconstructed Miller’s inspiring actions and offers for the first time a full biography of Miller placed in the larger context of African American service in the United States military and the beginnings of the civil rights movement.
High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.
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Program is FREE to the public and will be held onsite at the Bullock Museum.
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Michael Parrish is the Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History at Baylor University and the author of Richard Taylor: Soldier Prince of Dixie.
Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.
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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
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