President Truman’s Executive Order 9981 helped set in motion the desegregation of the United States military. Issued on July 26, 1948, it afforded all soldiers the right to equal opportunity in the military. Prior to this historical event, minorities -- particularly African-Americans – were often not allowed to become officers and, in many cases, forbidden to serve on the front lines during wartime.
For many years, black soldiers were forced to sleep in separate bunks from their white counterparts and to eat at separate tables in the mess hall. On many occasions, African-American soldiers were either given very little supplies to perform their daily duties or, supplies that were in poor quality.
The Color of Blood, the third video in BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s award-winning video series, continues its tradition of highlighting African-Americans and their contributions to society.
From the Revolutionary War to the election of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black Commander-in-Chief, this documentary portrays the defining moments in the fight for racial equality in the United States Armed Forces.
* Winner: Aegis Video and Film Production Award -- 2009
* Winner: Ava Platinum Award -- 2009
* Winner: Bronze Telly Award -- 2010