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Wordless Wednesdays: Black Heroes of World War I

August 27th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

Three colored Canadians imitating the Germans, whom they captured in this dugout near the Canal du Nord, as they put up their hands and shouted “Kamerad”!

(Photo and caption from Kelly Miller’s History of the World War for Human Rights [1919])*

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in African Americans, Black Colleges, Black History, Black Students, Cheyney Unviersity, Coppin State University, Fanny Jackson Coppin, Higher Education, race, Uncategorized

7 Responses

  1. jams O'Donnell

    What a wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing and for the link to Kelly Miller’s book.

    If you have not come across him before you may find the story of Walter Tull interesting. He was one of the first Black footballers in England and he was the first black officer in the British Army.

  2. Mojo

    Since we’re bringing up sports figures, how about Willie O’Ree — the first black player in the NHL? He was a winger for the Boston Bruins for a couple of (non-consecutive) seasons in 1958 and 1961. He also had a couple of Western Hockey League scoring titles to his resume.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Keith

    That is a really great historical pic. Thanks much for posting it!

  4. Villager

    Happy WW! Great photo that demonstrates the power of OURstory!

    Thanx for your earlier visit! I invite your blog readers to see visual evidence of Hillary’s endorsement of Barack Obama on my WW-post this week…

    Ajuan, you can pick up another award on my website (Electronic Village). It was given out earlier today!

    peace, Villager

  5. Clinmike

    Great pic, happy WW.

  6. SjP

    I know I’ve said this before – but, this is why I come to BoC. I always learn something that stirs way down deep in my heart and soul.

  7. Ajuan Mance

    So glad you all enjoyed the photo. Jams, thanks for the link. Tull sounds like a fascinating man, and I think I’ll feature him in an upcoming post. Mojo, I’ll definitely do some reading up on Willie O’Ree. Sounds like an interesting man. Villager, thanks so much for the award! It means a lot that it comes from such an outstanding veteran blogger. SjP, thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you stopped in, and I look forward to the next Wordless Wednesday.