"Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality"

Dewey, Victor O.
October 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Oct2005, Vol. 131 Issue 10, p64
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on the author's experience in the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (USNA). Out of approximately 900 USNA graduates in 1962, the author had only two black classmates. One could conclude that there was a lot of fool dragging regarding black recruiting between the time Wes Brown graduated in 1949. In 1962 there was a general attitude that the U.S. Navy was all white, with Filipino mess stewards, while the U.S. Army was heavily infused with blacks. When the decided upon graduation to lake a commission in the U.S. Army, the author recall a USNA company mate harassing the author about his career decision with mocking words imitating a stereotypical southern black just off a plantation.


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