About 2,000 African-Americans were among the Allied troops who stormed Normandy's beaches on D-Day. Many more came ashore later. They were given little credit at the time and faced ongoing discrimination when they returned home.
An Emmy-nominated documentary about their participation was finally made, and broadcast by the History Channel, in 2008. This is a clip from that work, entitled A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-day.
Clip from A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-day. Online, courtesy the History Channel.
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