Black History Month Summary

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Black History Month is a time to reflect on the trials and triumphs of African-Americans across the nation, and a time to celebrate the achievements of those who have played a central role in the fight for equality.
Among the men and women who have fought this fight there are many famous names, but there are many more who have fought just as hard and their stories have been lost to the tides of time. This is one of those stories. This is a call to remember those names that have been lost to obscurity and a call to further explore the history of black history.
Born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1856, Henry O. Flipper would go on to lead a life of trials and triumphs. Through adversity and with racism being an accepted nuance of society at the
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The four others had all been forced to leave. Although several-hundred thousand black soldiers had courageously fought during the Civil War, white society still persisted in believing that black troops could only function effectively under the command of white officers.
Though he had stated that his instructors had always treated him fairly, his piers had ostracized him and left him to pursue his education as an outcast. Nonetheless, even with this adversity, flipper graduated on schedule placing 50th in a class of 76.
“Flipper was initially assigned to the 10th Cavalry at Fort Sill, Okla.,” said Peter Skirbunt, Defense Commissary Agency historian. “The 10th was one of two famous all-black cavalry regiments in the Army – the other was the 9th Cavalry – known as the Buffalo Soldiers.
“Within the Army and among the Indians, the Buffalo Soldiers were widely acknowledged to be among the finest soldiers in the service,” he continued. “However, they would continue to be led by white officers because of the stereotype of “Negro inferiority.” It was not until 1948 – after World War II – that the armed forces would be
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