A formation of African-American troops stand at attention prior to World War II. Photo Credit/File Photo.
February is African American History Month. Each year the Army commemorates the contributions and sacrifices made by its African American Soldiers and civilians with activities and events at installations throughout the Army. This year’s theme is “For Love of Liberty- Celebrating African American Soldiers throughout History.” A special PBS documentary also titled “For Love of Liberty” will air in February. This program highlights and celebrates the service of African-American patriots throughout history. African Americans at all levels – uniformed and civilian – have and continue to play, key leadership roles in the Army with fierce dedication to duty, honor and country.
The two-part documentary, produced with the Army’s cooperation, tells the untold story of African Americans’ service in the military throughout the nation’s history to win and protect freedoms they themselves often didn’t enjoy.
In addition to film footage and photos, For Love of Liberty uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text, and military records to document the accomplishments of African Americans who served in the military since the republic’s earliest days. Their personal stories give a moving account of service and sacrifice, from the Revolutionary War – whose first casualty was a black man, Crispus Attucks – to today’s war against global terrorism.
So, tune in to PBS this week to view the documentary and learn about many of the unsung heroes of the U.S. Army.