Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

At the start of World War II, African-Americans in the United States military were tasked with fighting against racial prejudice in Nazi Germany while being treated as second-class citizens at home.  At the time, all branches of military service were segregated and most African-Americans were relegated to service jobs – cooks, machinists, etc. – and not permitted to fight on the front lines.

This exceptionally well-researched narrative, which includes photos and interviews with several of the men who served, explores the experiences of the first African-American paratrooper unit, the 555th Paratrooper Infantry Battalion, better known as the the Triple Nickles.

Courage Has No Color was a finalist for the 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

– Alicia (aka The LibrariYAn)