Pioneering Diversity in the Army and at West Point

Frederick H. Black Sr.


COL (R) Fred Black recounts his memories from over twenty six years of active duty service as an Infantry Officer and as a Professor at the United States Military Academy. Fred Black grew up in an Army family and traveled the world. He attended college and graduated from the Howard University ROTC program in 1968 and served his junior officer years as an Infantry Officer at Fort Bragg, in Vietnam, and in Korea. He arrived at West Point in January 1977 for a tour as a rotating faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences, followed several years later by another eleven year tour as a Permanent Associate Professor. He volunteered his time for many organizations and served on countless committees related to cadet development, academy governance, and community activities. In the video, COL Black discusses the constants and the changes he observed over his years of service, both at West Point and in the Army at large.


conflicts Vietnam War
topics African American Military Experience Race in the Military Leadership West Point History
interviewer Rick Black
date 11 April 2015


name Frederick H. Black Sr.
institution Howard University
graduation year 1968
service Infantry
unit 82nd Airborne Division
specialty Department of Social Sciences
service dates 1968 1994