“I Could Not Afford To Fail” Admiral Samuel Gravely Jr. and Civil Rights


Cannot Afford to Fail ~~ Admiral Samuel Gravely, Jr.

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

gravely

Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely Jr.

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Today in keeping with the theme of Black H“African Americans in Time of War” I am posting an article about a pioneer of civil rights in the United States Navy.

Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely Jr. is among the great pioneers of civil rights in the U.S. Military. The first African-American ever to be promoted to Flag rank he helped pave the way for so many others. Gravely understood the pressures on him at every stage of his career, He wrote:

“I was sure that I could not afford to fail. I thought that would affect other members of my race if I failed anywhere along the line. I was always conscious of that, particularly in midshipman school and any other schools I went to…I tried to set a record of perfect conduct ashore and at sea.”

gravely_young

Fireman Recruit Samuel…

View original post 1,430 more words