Name: Courage Has No Color: The True Story Of The Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers
Author(s): Tanya Lee Stone
What It’s About: As the name of this book implies, it is about the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers. Formed during World War II, this is the story of the struggles and injustice they faced, simply because of their skin color. Even though they were treated as inferior, they stepped up, they volunteered to fight for their country. They volunteered to help fight the world’s worst racist, Adolf Hitler, in the world’s most segregated army. And even though they never saw the battlefield, they made an important contribution to our society by helping prove that you shouldn’t judge one another by what they look like.
My Review: This was an amazing and inspiring book. It always makes my blood boil when I hear about the lengths of segregation, and it made me feel good to see how these men rose above that, and helped reshape our nation by showing that skin color doesn’t matter. The book also had plenty of pictures, and included information I found truly interesting.
Re-Readability: Medium to Very High. It really depends on your love of history, though I myself am leaning towards the Very High end.
“Little by little, things had been happening behind the scenes to improve the status of blacks in the military. These changes had created the climate that led to Gaither’s order being possible. Morris had made his move in the right place at the right time.”
“In addition to Eleanor’s involvement with politics, she was a sympathetic ear for those who reached out to her. She received frequent letters from black soldiers alerting her to discrimination taking place on military bases.”
“Lena Horne was the first African American to sign a movie contract that promised not to cast her in negative roles. But then she guest-starred as herself and said, “They didn’t make me into a maid, but they didn’t make me into anything else either.” Directors placed her in scenes that could be cut when shown in the south so Southerners wouldn’t protest her non-subservient roles.”