Now that we are celebrating Black History Month, I thought it would be nice to speak American service member facts into the mix. As an African-American woman, I have to pay tribute to my sisters-in-arms.
Throughout history, Black women overcame discrimination based on race and gender to serve this nation with distinction. In war and peacetime, these courageous women of color defended our country, preserved American values, shattered the military glass ceiling, and overcame barriers for women of all races.I am constantly amazed at how our roles in the United States Armed Forces are sometimes forgotten by the history books. Black women without rank or uniform served as nurses during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Near the end of World War I, trained black nurses with the American Red Cross were offered Army Nurse Corps assignments. Though they weren’t on the front lines of conflict, these pioneers lived in segregated quarters and cared for German prisoners of war and black soldiers at Camp Grant, Illinois, and Camp Sherman, Ohio.