The U.S. Marine Corps’ first African American recruits recount the racism inside and outside the military, the rigors of basic training and the perils of combat action.
Hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom airing Saturday, August 12 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), profiles the first African American recruits in the United States Marine Corps. Beginning with their experiences at the segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South, Montford Point Base. All-black battalions from Montford Point loyally served their country (some as officers) in three major conflicts — World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War — while fighting for their civil rights back home. During the film, Montford Point veterans recount the racism they faced both within and outside the military and reminisce about the rigors of basic training, the harsh conditions of the barracks and the perils of combat.