WORLD WAR II
Until nearly the end of the war blacks soldiers were in segregated units. Truman desegregated the forces in 1945. Not only did this act raise the consciouness of the blacks in regards to their civil rights but many other ethnic groups were affected by the effect itself of fighting a war for their country when they enjoyed little regard in their own homes. The mere fact of risking their lives made all these discriminated groups aware of the rights that were denied to them. The families of these groups also felt this discrimination and began to actively protest at home. When the war ended returning soldiers also took up the cause of pursuing their civil rights. This instigated many far reaching changes in housing, employment and eventually education.
Silvia Salem, San Bernardino City Schools Unified School District