This Day in Black History: Dec. 13, 1944

This Day in Black History: Dec. 13, 1944

Black women permitted into WAVES, a war-time U.S. Navy reserves training program.

Published December 13, 2011


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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Written by Britt Middleton


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