Screening of John “Black Jack” Pershing, May 17 at UNL Libraries

Pershing 1892 Great Photo at UNL with staff
First Lieutenant John Pershing with officers of the University of Nebraska Cadet Corps in 1892. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Journal Star Archives

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Archives & Special Collections invites you to a screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” at 5:30 p.m. on May 17, 2018, in Love Library’s Lentz Room (LS218).

The hour-long documentary tells the story of General John J. Pershing, a Nebraska icon and commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of WWI’s armistice. Pershing was the only active duty six-star general in U.S. history.

After the screening, the documentary’s producer Barney McCoy will answer questions, discuss Pershing’s important legacy, and his important connection to Nebraska. McCoy, a professor in UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, spent five years conducting research on the project.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” is co-produced by Painted Rock Productions and NET, Nebraska’s PBS Station. It received funding from Lowell Vestal, Sandra S. Pershing, Humanities Nebraska, University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Research Council, and the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation. Production support for the documentary was provided by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

 

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