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The Worm Hole Podcast Episode 54: Kaia Alderson (Sisters In Arms)

Charlie and Kaia Alderson (Sisters In Arms) discuss the little-known 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-Black female US unit in WW2 – their day-to-day work dealing with a backlog of post that no one else could figure out, the leaders, and the various responses to them then and now – and Kaia tells us about the influential Dr Mary McLeod Bethune as well as the baseball Negro Leagues.

Links about the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion:
Footage of Charity Adams’ unit in England
Charity Adam Earley’s One Woman’s Army
Brenda L Moore’s To Serve My Country To Serve My Race
Wikipedia’s article on Charity Adams Earley
Video interview with Charity Adams Earley
Progress on the Congressional Gold Medal as of the publication of this episode

The Negro Leagues
Effa Manley
Spelman College
Mary McLeod Bethune
Bethune-Cookman University
Dovey Johnson Roundtree
Keys versus Carolina Coach Company
The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Release details: recorded 17th January 2022; published 14th February 2022

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Show notes:

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Question Index

00:43 You are a romance writer as well (as historical)?
01:28 You made initial inroads to this book in your middle school years?
03:13 You found your editor because she posted a photo of the women you were writing about?…
04:18 Can you give us a brief history of the work the 6888th did?
08:23 How did you research your book – were you able to interview surviving members?…
11:48 [Reading]
21:08 Can you tell us more about Charity Adams?
26:33 Can you tell us about the racism they experienced?
29:45 The 6888th didn’t get a parade when they got back home?
33:14 Can you tell us about the baseball Negro Leagues? (Includes info about Kaia’s next book)
38:24 Grace and Eliza’s on-again off-again friendship – why was that important?
40:04 Can you tell us about Mary McLeod Bethune?
44:12 What’s the release date for your next book?
44:30 Anything else you’d like to add?

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Photograph used with the permission of the author. Credit: Jillisa Hope Milner.


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