My sister and I will have to assume that effort in cooperation with our uncle, also my mother.<quoted text>
your uncle should write his memories down.
or you could write down his testimony and his friend Jeff too. Both have interesting lives in this regard.
It's interesting his initial reaction was "no" to the the save whites question after all these decades. It says much on his perception of today whitey Amerikkka... that is supposedly colour-blind, post racial etc.
He never went back to France as a tourist this time ?
Uncle Oscar is quite old now. Never went to college, and hadn't finished high school when he went into the military as a youngster during WWII. My sister and I are both FIRST GENERATION colleage graduates (indeeed first generation high school graduate).Prior to the 1960s & 70s when we were growing up, most people didn't go to college, and many didn't finish high school.
I'm not sure how well Uncle Oscar can read or write. He's not an illiterate, however. I've seen him reading daily newspapers.
But I've been thinking about doing my family history for some time.
During the 60s, when we were children, we often heard him tell his war stories. I haven't seen much of him since my dad, his brother, passed back in the 1990s.
But he always would insist that "we fought for this dayum country too. We got as much right as anybody else. And don't you young folk let nobody tell you different." He still hasn't forgotten the lynching of one of his brothers, and the near lynching of my father.
But he LOVES the French. "No Jim Crow, no kkk, no cops asking what you doing in this white neighborhood. No restaurant saying "we don't serve Negroes here". And the ladies have no problem with going out with you just because you black. The French are alright with me." Old Uncle Oscar. You know, I'm glad you mentioned doing a memooir. It might just be worth a summer trip to North Carolina.