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Navy Pioneers: A History of African Americans in the Navy Music Program

This is the captivating history of African-American musicians in the U.S. Navy, and their fight for recognition and social justice. African-Americans have been a part of Navy music since the days of the Colonial Navy, and have played an integral role in the defense of our nation and in boosting the morale of sailors aboard ship and ashore. Exhaustive research by the Navy Band's archive team, in partnership with the Naval History and Heritage Command, has uncovered some surprising and unusual facts about their efforts to integrate the Navy and to be recognized as invaluable contributors to our nation's history and cultural heritage. This story is also told in music, through performances by band members from all units of the Navy Band, and with photos from our archives and the Naval History and Heritage Command. We look forward to presenting this little-known history of African-American Navy musicians!
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