Black History Fact #1: Desegregating the military by Executive Order didn’t come until 1948

Although the Executive Order to desegregate the military was not signed until July 26, 1948 by President Truman, there is no war in United States’ history in which Blacks did not serve.

Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that a “Buffalo Soldier” is much more than just what Bob Marley identified himself as in the song; likewise, the Tuskegee Airmen were more than just fighter pilots–they were a squadron of pilots consisting only of African Americans. These men of history not only fought for our country abroad, but were also made to fight for their right to defend our country at home–despite all along being involved in the battle waged by their White counterparts.