This section features selected images of African Americans in the modern day era. In this collection are images of J. Paul Reason, who became the first African American to become a four-star admiral in 1996. Also in this section are images of Michelle J. Howard, who became the first African American female to promoted to a four-star admiral in 2014. Currently, among the enlisted ranks, African Americans make up seventeen percent of the Navy's total force.
Downloadable African American Pamphlet
NHHC African American Experience
Image: 412-APD-1330-2014-1106: Admiral Michele J. Howard, 2014. Admiral Howard speaking at a Veteran's Day event. Official Environmental Protection Agency photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.