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Tue December 17, 2013

Integrating The Navy Through Music

The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy
Credit / ECU Creative Writing department

Integrating The Navy Through Music


The United States military today has a diverse array of service men and women. But in the early 20th Century, that was far from the case. In World War II, African American men were still predominantly relegated to minor roles. The B-1 Navy band began to change that. It was made up of the first African American men to hold a position higher than messman in the United States Navy. And it was the first of many black World War II Navy bands. 

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