Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 5:30 pm – Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 8:00 pm
Manchester Exclusive Film Screening Event: 'The Six Triple Eight'
Date: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Time: 5.30pm - 8pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 4, The Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite
Manchester Metropolitan University and the Embassy of the United States of America, in collaboration with Lincoln Penny Films, cordially invite you to the:
Manchester premiere screening of The Six Triple Eight
6:00-7:15pm Documentary Film Screening: The Six Triple Eight, Introduced by Dr Sam Edwards, Senior Lecturer in American History; Director, Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage; Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, MMU
7:15-8:00pm Panel Discussion and Q&A, moderated by Dr Marie Malloy, MMU with special guests:
- Edna Cummings, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired); Producer, The Six Triple Eight
- Clara Adams-Ender, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, (retired)
- 'The Six Triple Eight' Documentary Film Trailer
In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to Birmingham, England to clear the severe backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, also known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the 6888th had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. The last of the women returned home in March 1946. They were never fully recognized…until now.