Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 24, 2006
First Internet site devoted to African American active duty military, veterans and defense civilian employees launched.
A retired Navy Officer with a passion for African American military history and equal opportunity has launched an interesting and provocative internet site, blackmilitaryworld.com, for African American veterans, active duty members, and Department of Defense civilians.
“This project is long overdue,” said retired Navy Commander Gregory Black, founder of blackmilitaryworld.com. Black retired as a Navy Diving Officer in 2002 and has since worked to promote African American history and to publicize the significant roles of African Americans in the defense of America. The contributions of African Americans over the course of military history should be recognized and the word should be spread, added Black. “This rich aspect of black history has been downplayed for a variety of reasons, some of which are quite obvious to black military historians.”
Blackmilitaryworld.com is also a news and feature site that will help to educate the public about the diversity of roles assumed by African American military and civilian defense employees. The site covers all branches of the military and will prove beneficial to all those seeking to gain knowledge and understanding of military history and current events. The site will also strive to strengthen the linkages between the vast number of organizations serving the African American military community.
The site is dedicated to late Master Diver Carl Brashear, whose life story was told in the popular movie Men of Honor which was released in 2002. “Stories like that of Master Diver Brashear, the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen and the 555th Paratrooper Battalion (Triple Nickles), are only the tip of the iceberg,” said Black.
According to Black, it is not widely known that there are approximately a half million African Americans currently employed by the United States Department of Defense (the largest employer of African Americans in the United States).
The site can be accessed at http:http://www.blackmilitaryworld.com.