Max Brooks, the author of the popular World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide, collaborated with artist Canaan White to create the graphic novel “The Harlem Hell Fighters.” It tells the story of the fighting 369th Regiment, the first African-American unit to fight in World War I.
They overcame unimaginable discrimination and neglect to become one of the most decorated units of the war. But before they got to fight “over there,” the men of the 369th had to fight every day over here.
As the nation observes strides made by African-Americans under the Civil Rights initiatives implemented 50 years ago, it should not go unnoticed that the precursors of success may lie in the black man’s determination to serve this nation.
Today, African-Americans in military service are an integral part of America’s fighting force. But it it wasn’t always that way.
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