Did you know? The way Black veterans have largely been treated has been the subject of much scrutiny since Crispus Attucks became the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War.
During the War of 1812, Black soldiers helped defeat the British in New Orleans. By the end of the Civil War, 10 percent of the union forces were Black. The 54th regiment, which was an all-Black fighting unit, was immortalized in the movie “Glory” and fought a number of important battles, eventually losing more than half of its troops. Two of Frederick Douglass’ sons also fought in the Civil War and Harriet Tubman severed as a scout for the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers.
During World War I, Black soldiers were given full citizenship, although they still fought in segregated units. Many credit Black soldiers for bringing jazz music to Europe and France.
In World War II, Black soldiers had an increased presence. The NAACP pushed for the War Department to form the all-Black 99th Pursuit Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps, otherwise known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the only U.S. unit to ever sink a German destroyer. Like the 54th Regiment, the Tuskegee Airmen were immortalized in a movie of the same name.
Let’s not forget the critical importance and sacrifices of all our American soldiers.
Author: Wright, Bruce C. T., “Fighting Foreign Wars For America”, Newsone, Nov. 2020, www.newsone.com/playlist/memorial-day-black-soldiers-pictures-photos/
Education Makes All The Difference
African American History:
The Untold Stories was written to connect Americans who could benefit from understanding and connecting with their history.
An understanding of history helps us to understand who we are while providing direction for who we are capable of becoming.
African American History:
The Untold Stories will aid African American boys with the interest of having insight into a narrative of their forefathers and a more accurate perception of themselves and their potential.
African American History is important for Children and Adults
- Engages an interest in learning for the African American students by developing self-esteem and identity which improves their academic outcomes.
- The deliberate disenfranchisement of African American stories and contributions in the building of American continues to spread the white supremacy, which promotes racism, stereotyping, prejudice, and intolerance.
- History helps to teach patriotism and allows for the opportunity to feel pride in one’s heritage and culture, which creates a connection to an individual’s true roots as an American. Focusing on the commonalities that bind us rather than the differences that separate us. This is a form of healing and a method of uniting our nation. Blacks and whites both made enormous sacrifices and contributions to help build this nation.
- A full and accurate account of American history will help to show the contributions that Africans did to help build the nation and will also show the cruel behavior that was conducted for greed. History can also teach African American students that the majority of whites were not in support of America’s shackle slavery legacy.
- An honest and true history helps to develop self-esteem and identity for children during the developmental years and for individuals as a whole.
- Learning history teaches about behavior and events of the past, which helps to avoid past mistakes.
Want a chance to meet the author? Come join us for a book signing:
December 8th at 11:15 am Adath Shalom Synagogue
841 Mountain Way, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
December 9th, 2019 at 6 pm to 7:30 pm Morris County Library Large Meeting Room
30 E Hanover Ave, Whippany, NJ 07981
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