Project Category: Black Groups

Buffalo Soldiers

“Buffalo Soldier” is a nickname given to members of BLACK cavalry units of the U.S. Army who served in the western U.S. after the Civil War. The troops were formed to help rebuild the country and to fight on the Western frontier. American Plains Indians who fought against these soldiers referred to the troops as “Buffalo Soldiers” because of their dark, curly hair, which resembled a buffalo’s coat and because of their fierce nature of fighting. From 1870 to 1890, 14 Buffalo Soldiers were awarded medals of honor, the army’s highest award for bravery.

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Greensboro Sit-In

The Greensboro sit-ins were non-violent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960 against racial segregation of a local Woolworth department store lunch counter. The very first sit-in on February 1st was the plan of 4 local college students who sat at the counter and politely asked to be served. Each day they came back with more and more students. The protests were highly publicized and sit-ins spread across segregated lunch counters throughout the south. On July 25th, the first African-American was finally served at the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter. The sit-ins were one of the simplest and most effective protests of the civil rights movement.

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Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen along with black aircraft technicians served as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, flying with distinction during World War II. 996 pilots and aircraft technicians along with more than 15,000 ground personnel served with the all-black units. They would be credited with some 15,500 combat missions and earn over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their achievements. The highly publicized successes of the Tuskegee Airmen helped pave the way for the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces.

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