National Press Club

Veterans, Artists to Introduce Film on WWII African-American Soldiers 10 am Oct. 29

October 26, 2009 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Veterans and producers and writers of a documentary chronicling the contributions of African American soldiers in World War II will preview the film at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Holeman Lounge.

"Choc'late Soldiers from the USA" is an untold story of African-American soldiers in wartime England, a place where many of them, for the first time, experience equality and what it was truly like to be an American. The film explores their journey, their mettle under combat and their exceptional courage.

Clips of the film will be shown. Panel participants will include Mary Ragland, 6888th Postal Battalion; Wilfred Strange, 69th Infantry Division; John Wood, 494th Port Battalion; director, writer and producer Noel "Sonny" Izon; writer and producer Gregory S. Cooke; Regina Cooke, co-producer and art director; and retired Gen. Arthur Gregg.

The film's world premiere and screening is Nov. 10 at the Hirschorn Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium.