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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How Black World War I vets shaped the civil rights movement | Futurity The hundreds of thousands of African Americans who served in the US Army during World War I and returned home as heroes soon faced many more battles over their equality in American society, according to historian Chad Williams.

The hundreds of thousands of African Americans who served in the US Army during World War I and returned home as heroes soon faced many more battles over their equality in American society, according to historian Chad Williams.

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Frank E. Petersen, First Black General in Marines, Dies at 83 | The New York Times (2015) Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83.

Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83.

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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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