Category Archives: Military

The Tragic And Ignored History Of Black Veterans

On a December morning in 1918, Charles Lewis began his last day as a private in the United States Army. Just a month after the end of World War I, Lewis accepted his honorable discharge and left Camp Sherman, in Chillicothe, Ohio, one of the few military facilities that housed black soldiers. He was headed… Read More »

The tragic, forgotten history of black military veterans

In the week after the election, the Equal Justice Initiative, of Montgomery, Alabama, released a new report—a fifty-three-page addendum to last year’s “Lynching in America,” an unprecedentedly thorough survey of American racial violence and terror between 1877 and 1950. Drawing on small-town newspaper and court archives, along with interviews of local historians and victims’ descendants… Read More »

A salute to Black veterans

From the time of the American Revolution until the present, African-Americans have contributed to every war and major conflict that the U.S. military has had. African-American sailors and soldiers have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of all Americans, even when their freedoms were denied. Many African-Americans have served in wars only to come home… Read More »

Memorial honors first barrier-breaking, black marines

The United States military has broken a new barrier in its long march toward equal recognition of its black service members. On Friday at 9 a.m., the US Marines dedicated a $1.1 million memorial honoring the first black marines, the Montford Point Marines, at Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, N.C. The memorial includes an anti-aircraft… Read More »

The Air Force diversity problem: level the playing field

The Air Force has a diversity problem — and the brass knows it. An Air Force Times analysis of six years of promotion and selection rates — across all ranks — indicates there is some truth to the perception that for minority officers and enlisted airmen it’s a harder climb up the career ladder. White… Read More »