In every war America has fought, there were men of color carrying its banner. Ignoring the scorn of their own countrymen, these emboldened soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines distinguished themselves around the world, as well as at home. Their legacy and actions foreshadowed the burgeoning civil rights movement, stirring the desire to not only expect, but demand the basic freedoms allotted to other Americans.
All men and women who serve their country deserve praise. Race, nationality and ethnicity does not matter. Until recent history, the contributions of blacks in the military has largely gone unnoticed. Sometimes, achievements by members of this group were actively hidden from sight, but more often, the people involved did not want the attention. The men and women shied away from glory and honors for the satisfaction that accompanies service.
Black Valor.net is dedicated to shedding light on the many ways blacks have contributed to keeping America free.
Black Valor is hosted by Jamien Parks, an Air Force veteran and historian.
Jamien served in the United States Air Force for over 21 years. He began his career as an aircraft mechanic (crew chief), on F-15E fighter/bomber aircraft. After serving as a mechanic, he worked in the education and training fields.
Jamien has a Master’s in American History and has spent a lifetime exploring historical topics. The majority of his research centers on military and black history, but he has spent considerable time studying world history topics, as well.