Integration of the U.S. Army


African Americans have served their country in every American conflict since the Revolutionary War. Despite their willingness to serve, Black Soldiers faced discrimination both within the military and at home. World War II brought an opportunity for change. The call for men to fill military ranks gave civil rights leaders the opportunity to demand equality.

Debate: Should the U.S. Army be used as a tool of social change? What impact does military service have on civilian life?


Benjamin O. Davis Sr.
Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Hazel Johnson-Brown
Charity Adams Earley


Executive Order 9981