Thursday, April 22, 2010
Carnival of African American Ancestry: Remembering Harlem's Hellfighters Upon Their Return
I am compelled to submit two posts for this Carnival! This first post contains some rare footage of Black Soldiers from World War I.
They were known as Harlem's Hellfighters, and not enough is known of their story. They were honored in a parade down 5th Avenue when they returned.
Most black soldiers from WWI fought with hopes that America would see their courage and give them status as full citizens. Sadly most would not live to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. But we honor these men nevertheless for they gave their all, and many paid the ultimate price.
May these brave men never be forgotten!