NEWS | Feb. 1, 2021

Oklahoma National Guard celebrates African American History Month

National African American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation's history.

This year, the U.S. Department of Defense is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of World War II by recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by Service members as well as those who served on the home front.

During the anniversary, we pay tribute to those Americans who undauntedly and courageously contributed to the defense of our nation.

Often overlooked are the valiant efforts of African Americans. African Americans played an immeasurable role in the United States’ Armed Forces during World War II, serving bravely and with distinction from the initial attack on Pearl Harbor to the last days of the Pacific campaign. Although the United States Armed Forces weren’t officially segregated until 1948, WWII laid the foundation for post-war integration of the military.

More than 2.5 million African-American men registered for the draft, and Black women volunteered in large numbers. While serving in the Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and War Department they served with distinction, made valuable contributions to the war effort, and earned well-deserved praise and commendations for their struggles and sacrifices.

This month, the DoD pays tribute to the African American men and women who not only forever changed the course of history but also redefined the United States military.

For more information on African Americans serving in the National Guard, visit https://www.nationalguard.mil/Features/2021/African-American-History-Month.

For the history of African American History Month, visit https://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/african-american.php.