World War II

During World War II, some of the institutional barriers for African Americans in the military began to show cracks, and African Americans beat against the ceilings and restrictions that kept them separate. But it was not until July 16, 1948, that President Harry S. Truman desegregated the military.

Learn more about African Americans in World War II below. Visit the NPS World War II website for a more complete exploration of the war.

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    Last updated: September 24, 2018