Military History of African Americans and African American/Black History Month

Learn more about the accomplishments, achievements, and struggles African American service members have conquered while serving our country. The links and descriptions below were compiled by the VAG, using using the directory from the research by Military.com Contributor Sean O’Melveny.

The Tuskegee Airmen
Find a brief history of this groundbreaking World War II air crew, anecdotes from former members, technical data and links to other Tuskegee resources.

Black Military History Archive
Profiles of famous and little-known black service-members who have exemplified courage, valor and dedication in their trailblazing achievements.

The Porter Family
A successful African-American military family reflects on its heritage and the lessons it has learned.

Black Military History Directory
From the American Revolution to Desegregation and Black Advocacy programs, our directory features links to the best resources on the Web relating to black military history.

General Black History Guides

The American Revolution and Civil War

Buffalo Soldiers and World War I

World War II and the Korean War

Desegregation and Advocacy

Lest We Forget – African American Military History
Extensive archive includes articles, personal histories, and individual biographies. Includes links to many related sites.

DoD Celebrates African-American History Month
Read personal reminiscences and retrospectives, and link to military sites featuring black history articles.

African Military History
Site is divided into WWII and pre-WWII sections, and also includes bios of historic black military figures.

African Americans in Military History
Extensive bibliography compiled by Maxwell Air Force Base features listings for books, articles, Internet resources, videos and print media relating to African-Americans in the U.S. military.

African-American Warriors
Read profiles of famous black military service-members, organized by eras and wars.

In Our Country’s Service
Features an overview of key events dating back to the Colonial Period, and includes a catalog of black units and a list of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Africana.com – Blacks in the American Military
Long article touches on the key events of the African-American’s experience in the Armed Services.

African-American Freedom Fighters – Soldiers for Liberty
Offers a history of African American participation in every war from the Revolutionary war to the Gulf Conflict. Includes profiles of important figures and an excellent bibliography.

Real African American Heroes
Provides a complete list of African American Medal of Honor Winners, and includes bios on current African American military leaders and astronauts.

African American Photograph Museum and Registry
Site allows African American veterans and active-duty personnel to post their photographs. Software installation required.

NARA – Military Resources: Blacks in the Military
Presents a series of articles with advice on how research African-American military history, utilizing NARA’s extensive database.

African Americans in Army History
Profiles African-American trailblazers and provides several galleries of photos from WWII. Also includes regimental histories.

African Americans and the U.S. Navy
The Naval Historical Center features an extensive collection of photographs and profiles of historical figures. View recruitment posters aimed at African Americans.

The Men of Montfort Point – The First Black Marines
Learn about the first black marines and the difficulties they faced both overseas and at home. Includes a selection of photos.

Black Aviation Enterprise
Commercial site includes a growing collection of articles relating to African Americans in the Air Force.

African Americans in the Coast Guard: Photo Gallery
Peruse a gallery of photographs featuring famous African Americans from the Coast Guard.