Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public and Oral History, San Diego State University

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Latest Reviews of Twice Forgotten!

“In this exceptionally researched volume, Cline shows that the act of desegregating was far more complicated than expected…Readers will appreciate the wide variety of voices represented, including various military branches as well as officers and enlisted men and women from different regions of the United States…This is an essential, insightful read on an often-overlooked subject, for those interested in military history and African American history.”
Library Journal [Starred Review]

“[An] immersive history [of] first-person accounts of Black soldiers. Richly detailed and thoughtfully presented, this is a treasure chest of insight into the Black military experience.”
–Publishers Weekly

“This is a majestic work, rigorously researched and compellingly argued. The first-person narratives of African American service members are nothing less than epic stories of struggle and survival, where the battle begins long before one even steps foot on the battlefield. Arriving at a time when military service, racial equity, and national security are once again part of the national debate, Cline’s book deserves a broad audience.”
–Paul Ortiz, author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States

“An outstanding and necessary book, Twice Forgotten makes a compelling argument for the Korean War as central to the mid-century civil rights movement. Lovely and clear, devastating and bracing, the book’s oral histories capture the perennial dilemma of Black soldiers fighting for a democracy denied them and the fearsome determination of those committed to change. Cline’s work offers a model for deep, compassionate, and righteous listening.”
–Adriane Lentz-Smith, author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I

“Drawing upon extensive archival and oral history research, this book offers a nuanced view of desegregation in the military, a deep examination of the Korean War experience from the African American perspective and, finally, a connection between the experiences of African American veterans and elements of the civil rights movement in the United States that both preceded and followed the Korean War. This is an ambitious undertaking and yet also an easy and enjoyable read. It offers a rich view of a topic in tremendous need of exactly this kind of comprehensive examination.”
–Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries

Twice Forgotten: AFRICAN AMERICANS and the KOREAN WAR, An Oral History

Book Release

December 17, 2021. A collection of seventy oral histories, drawn from across the country, which examines the conflict as experienced by the approximately 600,000 Black men and women who served. It also includes narratives from other sources, including the Library of Congress’s visionary Veterans History Project. In their own voices, soldiers and sailors and flyers tell the story of what it meant, how it felt, and what it cost them to fight for the freedom abroad that was too often denied them at home.

Organizing for Racial Justice, 1960s and Today


May 2-3, 2017, New York City. I’ll be giving a keynote, Rev. James Forbes (former pastor of Riverside Church) will give the introductory comments, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod will be presented with the Union Seminary medal. Students and faculty at UTS have also been holding a weekly guided reading session of my book throughout the semester. But the best part, is that the day will also be the first ever reunion of the SIM activists! Please come out if you can!

From Reconciliation to Revolution

Book Release

April 23, 2017, Christiansburg, VA. I’ll be the featured speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library at the Christiansburg Public Library. I’ll be speaking about my book From Reconciliation to Revolution  starting at 3 p.m. Hope to see you there. Copies of the book (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) will be available.

Here are some recent mentions of From Reconciliation to Revolution:

Journal of Southern Religion

Law and Religion Forum

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Civil Rights History Project

June, 2016. As part of my ongoing work with the Smithsonian and Library of Congress I have had the opportunity to interview several key figures from the Civil Rights Movement.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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