This Day in Black History: Dec. 13, 1944

Black women permitted into U.S. Navy's WAVES program.

Posted: 12/13/2011 09:07 AM EST
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Under the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Black women were allowed to join the U.S. Navy’s war-time officer training program, WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). It would mark the first time that Black women were integrated into U.S. Navy programs, which had been fiercely criticized for their restrictive racial policies.


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