Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and author Carlos Harrison will speak about his new book, “The Ghosts of Hero Street,” from 2-2:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 in Building 1, Room 306 (theatre) at the Quad-Cities Campus.
“The Ghosts of Hero Street” details the nearly forgotten heroics of a group of World War II and Korean War Mexican-American soldiers from Second Street — a rutted dirt road in Silvis, Ill., only a block-and-a-half long and less than four miles from the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Campus.
The 22 Mexican-American families who lived on that one street sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II and Korea – more than any other place that size anywhere in the country. Six of them were killed in action during World War II and two during the Korean War.
The distinction has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense, earning Second Street a more distinguished name – Hero Street.
About author Carlos Harrison:
A former national and international correspondent for the Fox News Channel, Harrison also has written two award-winning television documentaries and seven feature-length screenplays, as well as hundreds of newspaper articles and dozens of magazine pieces.
“The Ghosts of Hero Street” will be published May 6, 2014.
This event is sponsored by the Student Life Office and the Association of Latin American Students.