Surrounded by vintage armor, Long Island teens to participate in milestone anniversary observance of integration of U.S. military as scholars and veterans provide historic perspective

On the 70thanniversary of the landmark desegregation of the United States military, teens from the Tri Community and Youth Agency (Tri CYA), The Academy Charter School and Hofstra University’s Summer Camp program will participate in a program with scholars and veterans that examines President Harry Truman’s historic decision to integrate America’s military  onThursday, July 26that 1:00 p.m., at the Museum of American Armor, inside the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage,

Among those participating are NYU historian, Dr. Jeffrey Sammons,a noted scholar on African-Americans serving in the U.S. military and Babylon Town Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon, a Lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. During her nearly three decades of service, Gordon has been deployed to Germany, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan. An opening prayer will be offered by Bishop Barrington F. Goldson, of the Calvary Tabernacle Church in Hempstead.

Surrounded by vintage armor, the students will meet historic reenactors representing African-American soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI and WWII.They will note that prior to Truman’s action, African Americans were segregated into separate units from their white counterparts and, in many instances, were assigned menial tasks and rarely saw combat. Dr. Sammonswill note that those who were on the battlefield displayed enormous courage and bravery under fire but were rarely granted recognition.


Scholars, veterans, living historians andyoungsters to participate in 70thanniversary ceremonies observing the integration of the U.S. military.


Thursday, July 26that 1:00 P.M.


Museum of American Armor, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage.