Officers of the 366th Infantry Regiment returning home from World War I service.

Officers of the 366th Infantry Regiment returning home from World War I service.

A century ago, the “Great War” began in Europe. World War I would ultimately claim 14 million lives over four years, including 499 soldiers from the D.C. region. As centennial celebrations begin around the world, one local historian is pushing to recognize the largely forgotten African — and African American — soldiers who had pivotal roles in both the beginning of the conflict and its final battle. Kojo explores the unique history of blacks during the war, and honors the Christmas Truce, a historic ceasefire which occurred 100 years ago this week.

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  • C. R. Gibbs Historian and lecturer; Author of six books including "Black Inventors: From Africa to America Two Million Years of Invention and Innovation"
  • Stanley Weintraub Historian; Author of more than 50 books including "A Christmas Far From Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Korean War" and "Silent Night: The Story of the World War 1 Christmas Truce"

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