July 26th 1948: Desegregation of US military

July 26th 1948: Desegregation of US military

On this day in 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 to abolish racial discrimination in the military, which led to desegregation. Full desegregation in the United States did not begin until after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education which ruled segregation unconstitutional.

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