ASALH has partnered with and endorsed The Veterans History Project 

(established in 2000 by the United States Congress) 

to assist in making sure the voices of African American veterans will be 

represented in their endeavor to preserve our veterans’ history.

As a part of this project, Manasota ASALH, Inc. produced Veterans of Color,

 a documentary film. DVDs may be ordered on the site. Click the button below for more information. 

About Veterans of color


Veterans of Color Documentary

 Manasota ASALH Members Robert Fitzgerald and Bernard Watson appear on 

WEDU in connection with the airing of the “Veterans of Color” DVD in November of 2015.

Join host Cathy Unruh from the Ringling College of Art and Design as she talks with some of the unsung heroes who are featured in the documentary VETERANS OF COLOR. The hour-long film explores the untold stories of African American men and women who served in all branches of the United States military. 


  Pictured right are members of the committee that spearheaded the “Veterans of Color” documentary. Left to right: Mr. Robert Fitzgerald, Mr. Mark Parry (filmmaker), Dr. Bernard Watson, Mrs. Lois Watson, and Mr. William Watkins. Misters Fitzgerald, Watson, and Watkins are veterans who were featured in the film. “Veterans of Color” was initiated under the leadership of then Manasota ASALH President Lois Watson.  


Special Mention

 On March 7, 2016, Manasota ASALH members Mr. and Mrs. Bernard and Lois Watson attended the Robin Roberts lecture sponsored by the Ringling College Library Association and had lunch with her. 

They gave Ms. Roberts a copy of Manasota ASALH’s Veterans Of Color DVD because her dad was a Tuskegee Airman. 

She graciously accepted it and said she looked forward to viewing it.