African-Americans and the U.S. Navy - The 1960s and 1970s



This page features pictures of African-Americans in the Navy during the 1960s and 1970s, a time in which the long struggle for racial equality was officially recognized, and supported with affirmative measures.

For more views relevant to this time, see African-Americans and the U.S. Navy - The Vietnam War
African-Americans and the U.S. Navy - Recruiting Posters Featuring African-Americans.

For further pictorial coverage, see the African-Americans and the U.S. Navy cover page.

The following page features the first African-American to Flag Rank in the U.S. Navy:


Click the photograph for a larger image.


The following pictures show African-Americans in Navy scenes, in the 1960s and 1970s:

Photo #: USN 1142945

USS John Adams (SSBN-620)


Seaman Daniel J. Lewis stands watch as lookout on the submarine's bridge, while it runs on the surface, December 1969.
Note John Adams' insignia patch on his jacket.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 66KB; 540 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives as Photo # 428-N-1142945.

 
Photo #: K-88617

USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)


Seaman E.H. Henderson ties a rat guard in place on one of Blue Ridge's mooring lines, as she docks for a visit at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 March 1971.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 56KB; 490 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives as Photo # 428-K-88617.
Reproductions of this photo from the NHHC collections are available in black & white only, those from the National Archives should be available in color.

 
Photo #: NH 69785

USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)


SDCS James R. Dawson presents the commissioning pennant to her last Commanding Officer, Captain Leonard M. Nearman, following the hauling down of the ship's colors during her decommissioning ceremonies, at Long Beach, California, 13 February 1970.

U.S. NHHC Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 615

 
Photo #: NH 84150

"The Commodores"


The "Jazz Rock Band" of the United States Navy Band, photographed on board a sailing ship, circa the early 1970s.
This performance uniform was worn through 1974.

U.S. NHHC Photograph.

Online Image: 83KB; 650 x 600

 




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