May. 23, 2017

Raise The Flags Men, Raise The Flag, Project Uplift Literacy

in May 1863, Mass. 54th C Company leads the attack on Fort Wagner in South Carolina. This all-black unit valiantly fought to the bitter end to uphold the power and glory of the recently emancipated black soldiers. One of those soldiers who fought in that battle was William H. Carney, the first black recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Color Sergeant Carney may have been the first black acknowledged winner of the Medal of Honor. Yet he didn't receive his accolades until he was 60-years-old. Today, 117 years ago May 23, 1900, was the ceremony that gave him the award he so richly deserved. So on my blog here the story of William H. Carney as I continue to illuminate that our black history need not ever be a black mystery.