Benjamin Davis


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Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., was born December 18, 1912, in Washington, D. C. His father, Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., was one of two black combat officers in the US Army. Davis Senior’s career was badly stunted by segregation. He opposed the practice as not only harmful to black soldiers, but also wasteful to the country. Young Ben Davis grew up inside his father’s profession. From the beginning, he despised segregation and was determined to destroy it.