In 1948, President Harry Truman signed an Executive Order to integrate the military and mandate the equality of treatment/opportunities for Blacks. Unfortunately, desegregation of the military was not complete for several years! All-black Army units persisted well into the Korean War. The last all-Black unit wasn’t disbanded until 1954. In the civilian world, the struggle
Hi! I’m Jamilah! I’ve been a Navy wife since 2006, after earning my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from San Diego State University. After relocating to other areas, I longed for a sense of community and resources–hence, I created Black Military wives! The goal of Black Military Wives (B.M.W.) is to create relationships between women who share similar cultural and family experiences, in relation to the military. B.M.W. also has a Facebook Group, which was established in January, 2016. The group now has more than 8,000 members–even though it’s a “secret” group! At the time of its creations, there wasn’t any other worldwide “Black Military Wives…” anything! Now, there are so many resources available to our community! Together, we are making a remarkable difference in building friendships and sharing resources between sisters all over the world, and I’m so thankful to be apart of this amazing sisterhood.
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I’m a dreamer. I live for a great idea! Recently, however, my ideas needed a little CPR. If I didn’t get some people to breathe life into my goals quickly, my aspirations would’ve surly died. Yes, they would’ve died and been reincarnated into someone else’s image…with someone’s else’s face. The thought alone, both hurt and frightened me. I
Yes, the military lifestyle can be stressful, but so can the civilian lifestyle. Thankfully, I’m a silver-lining type of gal and I like to look at the glass as half-full. I’m very aware, however, that there are some women who are knee–or even chest–deep in stress and the glass looks completely empty. These words are
I love it when my husband returns home, from being in such close quarters with all of those lovely germs! A few days after reuniting with my handsome life-partner, from being on a Naval ship for almost two months, he didn’t do anything besides lie on the couch. Truth be told, he would be stuck to the
Have you ever heard the infamous phrase, “you knew what you were getting yourself into?” A friend may have said that to you in a pitiful attempt at comforting you or perhaps you have uttered these words to yourself. No matter how you’ve heard those eight words, they couldn’t have possibly provided you with any
I wonder how many arguments or friendship breakups would occur if people had those SAME conversations face-to-face? No texting, no Facebook, and no interactions on social media at all…What if you had to look that person in the face and converse without having the option to “block,” ignore,” or “delete before reading?” I had a wonderful conversation with another