African Americans have served the US military in every war the US has fought. Formalized discrimination against black people lasted from its creation during the Revolutionary War to the end of segregation by President Truman’s Executive order 9981 in 1948.
This documentary follows the stories of more than one million African-American soldiers who served in the United States armed forces during WWII.
During WWII, African Americans in southern states were subject to the Jim Crow laws. The military was racially segregated, as much of the federal government.
During World War II, African American population was almost 11% of the American population. But only 0.8% of Army enlistee were blacks.