The USMC Celebrates African American History Month
2017 National African American History Month:
"The Crisis in Black Education"
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is proud to recognize National African American History Month during February. African Americans have served their Nation and the Marine Corps with honor, courage, and commitment beginning with the American Revolution and continuing to the present.
From 1942-1949, approximately 20,000 African American men enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed segregated boot camp at Montford Point Camp, Jacksonville, NC. Many of these Marines served with distinction during World War II, the Korean War and the war in Vietnam, in some instances, making the ultimate sacrifice. These pioneers, known as the Montford Point Marines, added to the rich history of the Marine Corps and paved the way for future service members of all backgrounds, men and women alike.
Over the past century, African American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. Few could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, and literature would become appreciated by the global community. Fewer still could have predicted the prominence achieved by African Americans, as well as other people of African descent, in shaping world politics, war, and diplomacy. Without educational opportunities, many of these remarkable achievements would not have been capable.
Visitors can learn more about African-American Marines in all of the galleries and along the Legacy Walk. We honor the sacrifice, courage, and achievements of these Marines, past and present who answered their Nation’s call to serve.
Learn more about the Montford Point Marines in our WWII Gallery.
Download our African-Americans in the Marine Corps Special Topic Guide
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