Woodrow Wilson Woolwine "Woody" Strode 1914 - 1994 foi um decathlete e astro de football que passou a se tornar um ator de cinema americano negro pioneiro. Ele foi nomeado para um Globo de Ouro de Melhor Ator Coadjuvante por seu papel em Spartacus em 1960. Ele serviu no Exército dos EUA durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial no Pacífico.
First black Marine Jim Rundles passes away at the age of 94 on March 13, 2014. Jim Rundles came into the Marine Corps at a time that all branches were segregated. He helped bring about the modern thought by Marines that all Marines are just a shade of green. This man survived Montford Point and World War II.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans were still subject to the Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated. They were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained at Tuskegee. Before the Tuskegee Airmen, no African American had been a U.S. military pilot.
Edna Lewis (b.1916 - d.2006) was an African-American chef and author best known for her books on traditional Southern cuisine. She was one of eight children. Her cookbooks include The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972). This was followed by The Taste of Country Cooking in 1976, considered a classic study of Southern cooking. She co-founded the Society for the Revival and Preservation of Southern Food, a precursor to the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). She died in Decatur, Georgia in 2006, aged 89.
Lt. Charles Bailey, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 133 combat mission over North Africa and Europe. A member of the 99th Fighter Squadron, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, Four Oak Clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Six Bailey Brothers Of Punta Gorda, Florida Served the Country in World War II, and the seventh in the Korean War.
Carl Maxie Brashear (January 19, 1931 – July 25, 2006) was the 1st African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970. His life story is dramatized in the 2000 motion picture Men of Honor, in which he was portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. Brashear enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had been desegregated by President Truman. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School 1954-1st African-American to attend & graduate.