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Celebrating the Month of July

Although African Americans had served on the frontlines of combat for the U.S. since the Revolutionary War, it took President Harry Truman’s 1948 Executive Order to address and order an end to racial discrimination within the ranks of every branch of the U.S. armed forces.

Truman received a letter at the White House on July 18, 1946, from R.R. Wright, a black military officer, detailing an attack on Isaac Woodard, a black World War II veteran who was pulled off a bus in Batesburg, S.C., and beaten and blinded by the police chief months earlier.
 
Truman was particularly disturbed by the attack. “He referred to it often in public and private when justifying his support for civil rights,” Kari Frederickson wrote in the book, “The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968.”  Truman “had a special feeling for soldiers, and from that point on Truman took a different tack.”
 
When Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, he declared “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.”
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