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