Too Few Black Coast Guard Cadets

September 10, 2010  |  

(The Network Journal) — At his inaugural parade a half-century ago, President John F. Kennedy watched the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s marching unit pass him on Pennsylvania Avenue and declared it unacceptable. Not one cadet was black, he told an aide, and something ought be done about it. Not a lot has changed, even to this day, when the nation’s first black commander in chief is almost at midterm.

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