Historical Context
The civil war ended in 1865, however it wasn't until 83 years later that President Truman ordered an end to segregation in the armed forces in Executive Order 9981.

African Americans have fought in every U.S. war since the revolution. However, they were never allowed to hold any major rank; often doing menial work.

Carl Brashear enlisted in the Navy in 1948. At this time a system left over from the Civil War Reconstruction era: Jim Crow laws of separate but "supposedly" equal were in full swing.
In the newspaper on the right, it displays that on the same day Truman orders the end of segregation in the armed forces, a lynching occurred.
By no stretch of the imagination did the hatred and feeling change, in fact civilian life didn't have lawful changes until almost two decades later when the Civil Rights Act was passed.
Over 4,000 lynching's occurred up until the last one in 1968
While some stood by and watched, others had dreams of succeeding. Pictured on the left is the first time the military made a poster with a White and a Black working together.
Carl Brashear was not someone who needed a clear cut path to achieving his goals, all he had was a little hope and that was all that he needed.