Excerpts for Courage Has No Color : The True Story of the Triple Nickels: America's First Black Paratroopers


Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles

America's First Black Paratroopers
By Tanya Lee Stone

Candlewick

Copyright © 2013 Tanya Lee Stone
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780763651176

What did it take to be a paratrooper in World War II? Specialized training, extreme physical fitness, courage, and — until the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the Triple Nickles) was formed — white skin.
It is 1943. Americans are overseas fighting World War II to help keep the world safe from Adolf Hitler’s tyranny, safe from injustice, safe from discrimination. Yet right here at home, people with white skin have rights that people with black skin do not.
What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn’t ready to fight for you.

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