African americans during WWII


President Franklin Roosevelt articulated in his famous “Four Freedoms” speech

Jan. 6, 1941

FDR came around, creating the Fair Employment Practices Committee to enforce a new rule

June 25, 1941

The Courier was the most widely read black newspaper during the war, with stories protesting the Navy’s use of black sailors only as “messmen."

Jan., 1942

The paper denounced the American Red Cross’ refusal to accept black blood in donor drives, under the title “The Red Blood Myth.”

Jan. 3, 1942

The Pittsburgh Courier published a letter to the editor from James G., It was titled “Should I Sacrifice to Live ‘Half American?‘ ”

Jan. 31, 1942

The Courier published on its front page an insignia announcing “Democracy At Home Abroad.”

Feb. 7, 1942

Only a few months after the United States entered World War II, the newspaper began a campaign known as “Double V”

Feb. 7, 1942

Courier survey resuts were published.

Oct. 24, 1942

General Eisenhower was severely short of replacement troops for existing all-white companies.

December 1944

The Double V insignia disappeared from the paper, replaced in 1946 by a Single V.

September 1945