Tony Brown cites Powell's career accomplishments. Powell discusses joining the military, rising through the ranks, and Desert Storm. He finds no conflict between being black and American.
Peterson is the Marine Corps first black pilot and first black general; Brown cites Peterson's military accomplishments. Peterson recalls reactions to his status in the military and his role as "troubleshooter" during a time of racial conflict.
James discusses training at Tuskegee Institute and the integration of the Air Force. Brown cites James' military accomplishments. In a 1977 interview, James shares thoughts on black leadership.
Davis' father is the first black general in the U.S. Armed Forces. Davis discusses choosing the branch of service he would enter, aviation indoctrination, and leading the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Brown cites Davis' military accomplishments and President Harry Truman's executive orders in 1948.
Credits: Patriot Generals
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They are leaders among men. They were warriors guided by their patriotism in a united quest for freedom. This program from Tony Brown's Journal chronicles the careers of four early black generals—Colin Powell, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., Frank Petersen, and Daniel “Chappie” James.
Length: 24 minutes
Copyright date: ©2002
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