World War II veteran calls honorable discharge from Army to correct an ‘injustice’ nearly 75 years later ‘a miracle’ | Chicago Tribune

Melanie Burney, Chicago Tribune JESSICA GRIFFIN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER. Featured Image PHILADELPHIA World War II veteran Nelson Henry Jr. never thought he would see the day the Army would correct his discharge nearly 75 years after he was forced to leave the military because of the color of his skin. Henry, 95, of Philadelphia, received […]

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Fighting Germans and Jim Crow: Role of Black Troops on D-Day | Military.com

The Associated Press | Rebecca Santana, Military.com World War II veteran Johnnie Jones, Sr. poses for a portrait at his home in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He remembers wading ashore and one incident when he and his fellow soldiers came under fire from a German sniper. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Featured Image BATON […]

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We Did It, They Hid It: How Memorial Day Was Stripped Of Its African American Roots | Black Then

Ben Becker, Black Then African-American guards of the 107th United States Colored Troops pose outside a guard house at Fort Corcoran. It was built by the Union Army in northern Virginia as part of the defenses of Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War. Featured Image What we now know as Memorial Day began as […]

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West Point gets 1st black superintendent in 216-year history | Army Times

The Associated Press, Army Times WEST POINT, N.Y. — Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, a 1983 U.S. Military Academy graduate who has held high-ranking Army posts in Europe and Asia, will become the first black officer to command West Point in its 216-year history, academy officials announced Friday. Williams will assume command as the academy’s […]

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General’s family: From segregation to command in 100 years | AP

Christina L. Myers, AP In this Feb. 9, 2019 photo, Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr. commanding general of Fort Jackson, speaks to the president of the Sgt. Isaac Woodard Historical Marker Association following the dedication ceremony in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. Beagle, Jr. who now leads the Army’s Fort Jackson in South Carolina is descended from […]

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These Photos of a Segregated U.S. Navy Unit Were Lost for Decades. They Still Have a Story to Tell | Time

John Edwin Mason, Time Photographs by Wayne Miller—Magnum Photos. Featured Image There are many ways to photograph a black person, and it’s easy for things to go horribly wrong. America’s long history of racist imagery makes that quite clear. Wayne Miller, a white man, was notable for doing it right. In the mid-20th century, a […]

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Harlem Hellfighters: The black soldiers who brought jazz to Europe | BBC

Facebook0Twitter0MailVideo by Jane O’Brien and Bill McKenna, BBC World War One brought many social changes – not least, the introduction of jazz to Europe. Thanks to a black American regiment of musicians called the Harlem Hellfighters, the French discovered the joys of syncopation. More than a century on, US musician Jason Moran is raising fresh […]

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Africans Played Key, Often Unheralded, Role in World War I | The Afro American JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amid the fanfare marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, little has been said about crucial participants in the conflict: Africans.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amid the fanfare marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, little has been said about crucial participants in the conflict: Africans.

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Black WWII veteran from Charleston faced bombs abroad, prejudice at home | The Post Courier

Facebook0Twitter0MailBo Petersen , The Post Courier Julian Snipe a 94-year-old WWII army veteran grew up on Johns Island in the 1920′s. When he was 18 he was the only one out of the five boys in his family to be drafted for World War II. “When you got to England it was different, France was […]

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