Foundation For Women Warriors Hosts Documentary Screening Honoring All Black Female WWII Battalion
San Diego nonprofit, Foundation for Women Warriors, is hosting a screening of the Six Triple Eight documentary at The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with the film’s co-producer, Retired Army Colonel Edna Cummings.
The Six Triple Eight
The Six Triple Eight was a U.S. Army battalion of 855 black women that was sent in 1945 to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations.
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, 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.
They were never fully recognized…until now. On March 14th, 2022, President Biden signed into law a Congressional Gold Medal to recognize the women of the 6888th.
“No mail, low morale,” was the motto of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the U.S. Army’s only all-African American and all-female unit during World War II, said Marine veteran Keshia Javis-Jones, who was inspired to serve herself by the stories of the women who made up the unit. “They were the original trailblazers.”
Javis-Jones’ grandfather was one of the Soldiers who received mail thanks to the women’s efforts. “He used to tell me stories about what he went through in terms of racial discrimination,” she shares. “He said the only thing that kept him going was those letters.”
About Foundation for Women Warriors
The Foundation for Women Warriors’ mission is to serve women veterans and their children so that their next mission is clear and continues to impact the world. FFWW is the only organization in California solely focused on serving women veterans and their families. Their programs enhance the personal and economic well-being of women veterans and address the growing needs of the increasing population of military women transitioning to civilian life.
Info and Tickets
The Museum of Photographic Arts is located at 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (Balboa Park).
Tickets for the Six Triple Eight documentary is $25 per person (tickets must be purchased in advance, they will not be sold on site). Reserve your tickets here.
See you there, San Diego!