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African American History


Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man, The March, the Dream

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:02 pm
In the summer of 1963, a convergence of opportunities presented itself for the Civil Rights Movement to take a great leap forward. Grasping the historic potential of the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. sensed the need for a 'sort of Gettysburg Address.'

U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps: Wheels of War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:01 pm
In 1897 a unit of black infantrymen set out on a grueling expedition to demonstrate a unique means of military transport--the bicycle.

Buffalo Soldiers: Sorting Fact from Fiction

William A. Dobak | Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:01 pm
Known as buffalo soldiers, though they did not use that term themselves, the black servicemen who saw duty in the Wild West generally had the same burdens and privileges as their white counterparts.

Robert Smalls: Commander of the Planter During the American Civil War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:00 pm
When opportunity knocked, an imaginative Charleston slave sailed himself, his family, and some friends to freedom -- and set to work for the Union cause.

Betrayal at Ebenezer Creek

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:00 pm
Trapped between charging Rebels and a deadly flooded creek, thousands of fugitive slaves watched in horror as the Union army abandoned them. Then came catastrophe--and excuses.

Camp William Penn: Training Ground for Freedom

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:59 pm
Under the stern but sympathetic gaze of Lt. Col. Louis Wagner, some 11,000 African-American soldiers trained to fight for their freedom at Philadelphia's Camp William Penn. Three Medal of Honor recipients would pass through the camp's gates.

Buffalo Soldiers in Utah Territory

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:59 pm
At Fort Duchesne, black 9th Cavalry troops served alongside white infantrymen while dealing with the sometimes restless Ute Indians and the wild and woolly Duchesne Strip.

Aviation History: Interview with Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:58 pm
Charles McGee never thought much of flying until he started training at Tuskegee. When he finally left the U.S. Air Force, he had 30 years and three wars behind him.
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