AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
'firsts' key to Army history
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 5, 2009) -- Each February, communities across the nation celebrate African American History Month, using this annual observance as an opportunity to honor the contributions of African Americans and create greater awareness regarding the richness of African-American culture.
This year, the nation celebrates the election of President Barack H. Obama, the country's first African-American president and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. This significant first for the nation was built on the foundation of many great African-American leaders throughout history.
African Americans have a long and distinguished history of service in defense of the nation, and in particular, in service to the U.S. Army. And while President Obama is the most recent and perhaps the most celebrated "first" for African Americans, below are a few notable "firsts" for African Americans who answered their nation's call to duty in the Army.