April 11, 2011
Written by Jaryn Jones
In 1972, Phuc was photographed running down a road naked, screaming from burns she received from a napalm strike.
Kim Phuc, known to most as "the girl in the picture," will share her story at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 14) in the Allen Theater of the Student Union Building as part of a guest lecture series presented by Texas Tech's Vietnam Center and Archive.
In 1972, Phuc (pronounced "fook") was photographed running down a road naked, screaming from burns to her skin, after a napalm strike on her village. The Pulitzer Prize-winning image became a worldwide symbol of the Vietnam War and raised awareness of the cruelties of war.
Phuc suffered third-degree burns that required years of operations and therapy. Today, she is able to share her story of recovery, forgiveness and courage as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for Peace.
Phuc currently runs The Kim Foundation International, a non-profit organization dedicated to children in war-torn areas. Its mission is to provide both medical and psychological assistance to help restore hope and happiness in children's lives.
Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection
of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives.
Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects
of the American Vietnam experience.
In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.