After the Civil War, six all-Black regiments were sent to the western frontier and became known as the Buffalo Soldiers. The name may have derived from Native Americans comparing their curly hair to a buffalo’s fur. Another is that their bravery and ferocity in battle reminded the Indians of the way buffalo fought. Whatever the reason, the soldiers considered the name high praise, as buffalo were deeply respected by the Native peoples of the Great Plains. And eventually, the image of a buffalo became part of the 10th Cavalry’s regimental crest. These troops were on the front lines of American westward expansion, tasked with protecting railroad lines and settlers, and earned 18 medals of honor for their service during the Indian Wars. Though they were continually discriminated against — they weren’t allowed to serve back East for fear of violent pushback from white citizens — the buffalo soldiers had the “lowest desertion rates” of any regiment in the Army. In areas where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed, they sometimes suffered deadly violence at the hands of civilians.
The remarkable courage demonstrated by these proud African-American soldiers in the face of fierce combat, extreme discrimination in the Army, deadly violence from civilians and repressive Jim Crow laws continues to inspire and oppress us still.
Did you know that Harriet Tubman was not only a Union spy during the Civil War, but that she also led raids and missions? Black contributions to American military history are continually downplayed or overlooked entirely. From Crispus Attucks, the first colonist killed in the American Revolution, to Gen. Lloyd Austin, recently confirmed as the first Black secretary of defense. African Americans have played a central role in military history. ~~ Daily Dose
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
I love this picture. It represents beauty of the struggle. "I RISE" in-ty way.