Words might just be worth a thousand pictures. Because hidden in the millions of photographs taken during WWII, is a photo that is easily bypassed—a grainy shot of a group of men standing at ease, next to a convoy of trucks that reaches into the distance as far as the eye can see. At first glance, nothing striking, but a closer inspection of the photo shows that every face that is visible belongs to a Black man. And there are hundreds more of these everyday shots—Black men fixing engines, Black men driving trucks, and Black men loading equipment for transport. Not iconic photos in any way, but photos that beg for the rest of the story to be told.
The father and son both served their country with distinction, though for much of their careers neither could get a cup of coffee in the same café as White soldiers. Both men would be instrumental in the eventual desegregation of the U.S. military—leaving a powerful legacy that would influence generations to come.
If someone asked you who the first Black person to campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States was, would your answer be Barack Obama? How about Jesse Jackson? Actually, it was a woman — Shirley Chisholm.
The Great Migration was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of southern states to northeast, mid-west and west from 1910-1970.
Greenwood, OK was founded by O.W. Gurley, a black entrepreneur and landowner from Arkansas who moved from Perry, OK in 1906 to Tulsa and settled on land “to be purchased by Coloreds only.”
The concept of civil rights is at the very core of the United States of America. Founded on the principles that a government should serve the will of the people and provide protections of the basic God-given rights afforded to all, America has experienced a remarkable transformation from the days of declaring its independence from Great Britain in the 18th century.