Meet the gallant all-black American female battalion that served in Europe during World War II | Face2Face Africa The success of the formation of the all black female battalion was thanks to Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American civil rights activist who at the time, appealed to the then-first lady of America, Eleanor Roosevelt, to create more meaningful roles for black women in the army to help balance out the shortage of soldiers.

The success of the formation of the all black female battalion was thanks to Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American civil rights activist who at the time, appealed to the then-first lady of America, Eleanor Roosevelt, to create more meaningful roles for black women in the army to help balance out the shortage of soldiers.

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Black female pilot makes history in Alabama National Guard | Stars & Stripes Freeman's aviator wings were pinned by retired Col. Christine Knighton, the second black woman in the Department of Defense to earn aviator wings and the first from Georgia.

Freeman’s aviator wings were pinned by retired Col. Christine Knighton, the second black woman in the Department of Defense to earn aviator wings and the first from Georgia.

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At 98, the Army Just Made Him an Officer: A Tale of Racial Bias in World War II | The New York Times “Decades have gone by and there hadn’t been a measure of basic fairness, of basic justice that was brought to bear,”... “We owe him this commission.”

“Decades have gone by and there hadn’t been a measure of basic fairness, of basic justice that was brought to bear,”… “We owe him this commission.”

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Floyd Carter Sr., one of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen and NYPD veteran, dies at 95 | New York Daily News The decorated veteran of three wars and 27 years with the NYPD died Thursday at age 95, leaving a long legacy as a groundbreaking hero pilot and a city police detective.

The decorated veteran of three wars and 27 years with the NYPD died Thursday at age 95, leaving a long legacy as a groundbreaking hero pilot and a city police detective.

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A Century Later, a Little-Known Mass Hanging of Black Soldiers Still Haunts Us | The Progressive “The riot was a problem created by community policing in a hostile environment. It’s up to people now to decide whether there are lessons relevant to the present.” -Paul Matthews, founder of Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

“The riot was a problem created by community policing in a hostile environment. It’s up to people now to decide whether there are lessons relevant to the present.” – Paul Matthews, founder of Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

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Rollins Edwards, survivor of secret WWII mustard gas experiments and Summerville black leader, dies | The Post and Courier A civil rights pioneer in Dorchester County and World War II veteran who was subject to classified Army chemical weapons tests and forced to keep quiet about the experience for decades, has died.

A civil rights pioneer in Dorchester County and World War II veteran who was subject to classified Army chemical weapons tests and forced to keep quiet about the experience for decades, has died.

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1st Black astronaut honored on 50th anniversary of death | The Philadelphia Tribune With a doctoral degree in physical chemistry — a rarity among test pilots — Lawrence was “definitely on the fast track,” Crippen said. He graduated from high school at age 16 and college at 20.

With a doctoral degree in physical chemistry — a rarity among test pilots — Lawrence was “definitely on the fast track,” Crippen said. He graduated from high school at age 16 and college at 20.

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