College students welcomed a special guest Wednesday in honor of Black History Month.
World War 2 veteran William Morris Jr. paid a visit to Wagner College Wednesday afternoon. The 96-year-old spoke about his military career in an all-black artillery regiment. Morris has been sharing his story with students across the borough for several years.
Educators say bringing in guest speakers adds a new element to coursework.
“That a real person is here you know he fought he was at Omaha Beach. He was there on D-Day,” said Rita Reynolds, a professor with the Wagner College History Department. “I don’t think there’s any way a book can relate that.”
“You have to know this history. There’s no way you can know the one side of history and not know this side of history — it comes hand in hand,” added student Kendle Bramble.
Morris received Borough Hall's prestigious Maniscalco Community Service Award earlier this month.
Reported Feb. 24, 2016, by Jennifer Likonsky, New York 1.