Jun. 14, 2019

June 14, 1877 Henry O. Flipper Becomes The First African American To Graduate From The US Military A

Today, June 14, 2019, I celebrate the life of Henry O. Flipper who overcame blatant overt racism to make a significant mark in this nation. Henry Flipper saved countless lives and suffering from his invention of Flipper's Ditch. He also had to leave the service of his country because of racist overtures and accusations. He died in 1940 still unable to reserve that unjust verdict. It took another quarter century after his death for the US Army to right that wrong. It then took another 20 years​​ for Henry O. Flipper to receive a Presidential Pardon from Bill Clinton. Today, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud celebrates Flag Day 2019 by remembering a ​man who served the nation and the flag with honor, Henry Ossian Flipper.