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Valor In The Face of Racism: The History of African Americans in The Military

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This one-on-one interview features host and 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker in an animated and history-filled discussion with the first black captain at West Point and four-star General Vincent K. Brooks. Valor In The Face of Racism: The History of African Americans in the Military provides a rare opportunity for viewers to learn about the rich history of African Americans in the military—one that dates back to the founding of the United States and continues to today. Brooks hails from a family who boasts four U.S. Army Generals consisting of his father, brother and cousin and a history that can be traced back to the 1600s. His recount of African American history is compelling, as is his “must see” review of America’s war and military efforts, that include segregation and integration of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, World War I and II, the Korean and Vietnam War, and modern day combat like the Persian Gulf War and the Iran Iraq War. The role of African Americans to persist even when confronting racist ideology and beliefs is revelatory. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers MilitaryMakers Advisory Committee. Don’t miss out on this in-depth exploration of the history of African Americans in the U.S. military.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Thursday, December 10, 2020 as the tenth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

Air Force

Command Major Sargeant Boston Alexander
Command Major Sergeant
Boston Alexander
Command Major Sargeant (Ret) Clarence Frazier
Command Major Sergeant (Ret)
Clarence Frazier
Colonel (Ret.) Michelle Gardner-Ince
Colonel (Ret.)
Victoria Bowens
Colonel (Ret.) Will Gunn
Colonel (Ret.)
Will Gunn
Command Major Sargeant Charmaine Kelley
Command Major Sergeant
Charmaine Kelley
Colonel (Ret.) Al Moseley
Colonel (Ret.)
Al Moseley 



Brigadier General (Ret.) Clara Adams Ender
Brigadier General (Ret.)
Clara Adams Ender
Colonel (Ret.) Edna Cummings
Colonel (Ret.)
Edna Cummings
Colonel (Ret.) Anita Dixon
Colonel (Ret.)
Lillian Dixon 
Colonel (Ret.) Dorene Hurt
Colonel (Ret.)
Dorene Hurt
Command Sergeant Dell Jefferson
Command Sergeant
Dell Jefferson 
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Michael Lee Lanning
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.)
Michael Lee Lanning 

Coast Guard

Commander Shameen Anthonio-Williams
Shameen Anthonio-Williams

Vice Admiral (Ret.) Manson Brown
Vice Admiral (Ret.)
Manson Brown 

Admiral (Ret.) Erroll Brown
Admiral (Ret.)
Erroll Brown
Senior Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Russ Davis
Senior Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)
Russ Davis


Marine Corp. 

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ronald Coleman
Lieutenant General (Ret.)
Ronald Coleman
Sergeant Major (Ret.) Carlton Kent
Sergeant Major (Ret.)
Carlton Kent
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Willie Williams
Lieutenant General (Ret.)
Willie Williams 







Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Tim Gill
Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)
Tim Gill 
Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Melvin Williams
Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)
Melvin Williams 
Captain (Ret.) Roosevelt Rick Wright
Captain (Ret.)
Roosevelt Rick Wright