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Marcus Garvey Ecard
"God and nature first made
us who we are...."
Marcus Garvey


365 Days of Black History Calendars
365 Days of Black History Calendars


Strength for the Fight
Strength for
the Fight:
A History
Black Americans
in the Military

American Patriots
American Patriots:
The Story of Blacks
in the Military from the Revolution to
Desert Storm

Soldiers of Freedom
Soldiers of Freedom:
An Illustrated History of African Americans
in the
Armed Forces

One Woman's Army: A Black Officer Remembers the WAC
One Woman's Army:
A Black Officer Remembers the WAC

Buffalo Soldiers VHS 1997
Buffalo Soldiers
VHS 1997

Teacher's Best - The Creative Process

Black Military History Posters
teaching resources on African American history for the classroom and home schoolers.

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Cripus Attucks, Black Civil War units, Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen and the 369th Infantry Regiment, Henry Ossian Flipper, Charles Young, Benjamin O Davis, Jr., and Colin Powell.

Origins of the Bill of Rights
Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks
b. 1723
d. 3-5-1770; Boston

Crispus Attucks is the most remembered victim of the American Revolutionary War. Little is known of Attucks who was of African and Native American ancestry. The portrait is an artist's conception.

Crispus Attucks, Patriot

Black Soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts
Black Soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts

Black Civil War Units

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Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 at

The Buffalo Soldier, 9th US Cavalry
Buffalo Soldier,
9th US Cavalry,
Art Print

The Buffalo Soldiers

The Plains Indians nicknamed the black cavalrymen Buffalo Soldiers - a title the troopers proudly accepted. To be associated with the fighting spirit of the Indian's sacred buffalo was a measure of respect.
The Buffalo Soldiers consistently received some of the worst assignments the Army had to offer and repeatedly faced fierce prejudice. Despite this, the 9th and 10th Cavalries fought with great dedication and courage and developed into two of the most effective and distinguished fighting units in the Army.

Buffalo Soldiers at

The 369th Infantry Regiment, Art Print
The 369th Infantry Regiment,
Art Print

Af-Am Soldiers, Lincoln, 1918
WWI Af-Am Soldiers, Lincoln, 1918

WWI posters
369th Infantry Regiment at Amazon
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Henry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940) the First Black Graduate of West Point Military Academy, Giclee Print
Henry Ossian Flipper,
Giclee Print

Henry Ossian Flipper
b. 3-21-1856; Thomasville, Georgia
d. 5-3-1940; Atlanta

Henry Ossian Flipper, a former slave, was the first Aftican American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point (1877). He was assigned to A Troop and became the first non-white officer to lead Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry. Though he served with competency and distinction during the Apache Wars and the Victorio Campaign he was court martialed and dismissed.

In 1976 a review of Flipper's court martial were found “unduly harsh and unjust”, recommending that his dismissal be changed to a good conduct discharge. An pardon was granted in 1999.

FYI ~ After leaving the Army Flipper worked as a civil engineer and as an assistant to the Secretary of the Interior.

Charles Young, full-length portrait, seated, facing left, in military dress uniform, Historic Print
Charles Young,
Historic Print

Charles Young
b. 3-12-1864; Mayslick, KY
d. 1-8-1922; while on a reconnaissance mission in Nigeria

Charles Young was the third African American graduate of West Point, first black U.S. national park superintendent, first African American military attaché, and highest ranking black officer in the United States Army until his death in 1922 (Colonel).

US Gen. Pershing and Gen. Inspecting Machine Gun Troops of All Black 10th Cavalry, Photographic Print
Gen. Pershing
Inspecting Machine Gun Troops
All Black 10th Cavalry,
Photographic Print

General John “Black Jack” Pershing
b. 9-13-1860; Laclede, MO
d. 7-15-1948

Pershing, who lead the World War I American Expeditionary Force (AEF) and is considered the mentor of the US generals in the European Theatre of WWII, served as a teacher in rural Missouri before he attended West Point. His experience with African American children helped with racial issues when he commanded a racially diverse unit of soldiers.

My Experiences in the World War by John Joseph Pershing

The Tuskegee Airmen Black History Pioneer Biographical Timeline Art Poster
The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen

Poster Text (poster no longer available): Before the Air Force shattered the sound barrier, these airmen shattered the race barrier.

This distinguished group of black combat pilots trained at a segregated base in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties in World War II, providing fighter escort to bombing missions over strategic targets in Europe. They never lost an escorted bomber to enemy fighers - an unsurpassed combat claim - and took home more than 150 Distinguished Flying Cross medals.

In March of 1942, five African American men earned the silver wings of military pilots at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. These men were the firs "Tuskegee Airmen," a group of black pilots who served wit hgreat distinction during World War II.

The War Department established a black fighter squadron only after great pressure from African American leaders and the press. Blinded by prejudice, many Americans of the time believed blacks could not fly airplanes. In early 1941, the Secretary of War reluctantly approved a plan that set up the first all-black squadron in the Army Air Corps. The plan included the construction of a training base at Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college. Yet even facilities at the Tuskegee Army Air Field, where the African American cadets were learning to fly, remained segregated. And all the commanding officers at Tuskegee were white. Thirteen young African American men made up the first class, but only five completed the hard training. After America entered World War II in December of 1941, black men applied for admission to the Army Air Corps in larger numbers than ever. Gradually, class sizes were increased at the Tuskegee air field. By the end of World War II in 1945, nearly a thousand African American pilots had trained at Tuskegee, and 450 of them had flown in combat.

In 1943, the first squadron of Tuskegee Airmen left for overseas duty. It was stationed in West Africa. The squadron was soon joined by three more squadrons of Tuskegee Airmen. At first, the job of America's small and fast fighter planes in World War Ii was to escort and protect the heavier and slower bombers. Later in the war, fighter planes were permitted to pursue enemy aircraft. In hundreds of escort missions over North Africa and Europe, the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber. No other group in the Army Air Corps could make that claim Grateful bomber crews called the Tuskegee group the Red-Tail Angels because of the red markings on the tails of their aircraft.

The Red-Tail Angels also compiled an outstanding combat record. They participated in the D-Day operation, downing many German fighter planes in the days following the June 6, 1944, invasion of France. On June 25, 1944, two Tuskegee Airmen sank a German warship with machine gun fire. This was the first time a fighter aircraft had accomplished such a feat. During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen destroyed many enemy aircraft and damaged and destroyed a great number of enemy railroad cars, barges, boats, oil and ammunitions dumps, buildings, and factories. They earned 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Legion of Merit, 744 Air Medals, eight Purple Hearts, two Soldier's Medals, and fourteen Bronze Stars. Sisty-six Tuskegee Airmen died in aerial combat and 32 more were shot down and captured as prisoners of war. After World War II, the black squadrons were deactivated. By 1947, the Army Air Corps had become the United States Air Force and had begun integrating its units. Some historians believe that the performance records of the Tuskegee Airmen helped bring an end to segregation in the military.

Tuskegee Airmen at
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Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Air Base at Rametti, Italy, 1945, Photographic Print
Col. Benjamin O. Davis,
Air Base at Rametti, Italy,
1945, Photographic Print

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
b. 12-18-1912; Wash. DC
d. 7-4-2002; Wash. DC

Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., a United States Air Force general, was the commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen and 4th African American graduate of West Point.

His father, Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. (1877-1970) was the first African American general in the US Army, serving as a Buffalo Soldier, in the Spanish-American War, and WWII.

aviation posters

The First Negro WAC's to Arrive
The First Negro WAC's to Arrive

Mail from Home
Mail from Home

Women posters

Two Recruits, Tank
Two Recruits, Tank, Poster

Pinning on the Navy Cross
Pinning on the
Navy Cross

Private Joe Louis Says - Masterprint
Pvt. Joe Louis says... Masterprint

Pvt. Joe Louis says-
“We're going to do our part ... and we'll win because we're on God's side.”

The Joe Louis Story movie poster

Mills Brothers Quartet, Poster
Mills Brothers Quartet

Mills Brothers Quartet

Musicians posters

Colin Powell, Photographic Print
Colin Powell,
Photographic Print

Colin Powell
b. 4-5-1937; Harlem, NYC

Colin Luther Powell retired as a four-star general in the United States Army. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Powell was also the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position.

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