MELTON A. McLAURIN is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is author of eight books, including the award-winning Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South.
"A quick but inspirational read." -- "Journal of America's Military Past" "Beautifully collected interviews. . . . Anyone interested in any aspect of the civil rights struggle or the history of race relations in the US must read this book. . . . Essential." -- "CHOICE" "A valuable contribution to our understanding of the black military experience in World War II." -- "North Carolina Historical Review" "Eloquent, unedited stories." -- "Our State" "An important contribution to military and civil rights history. . . . ["he Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines"] is a set of excerpts [of interviews] which, in Studs Terkel fashion, create an oral history of this group of Marines." -- Durham "Sunday Herald-Sun"