Major Charity Adams reviews the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
“The unit was set up to determine the value Black women brought to the military. They ultimately ran the fastest mail service in the European Theater during World War II. More than 6,500 Black women ultimately served in the auxiliary corps during the war, as both officers and enlisted women. They came from all over the country, many in search of opportunities unavailable to them in the civilian sector.”
Taking care of business in wartime.
One of the great advantages of my life and time was growing up in a couple of places on the southern New England coast. A tough old factory town and, later, a culturally vital small town nearby. Both offered me a lot. Not the least of which was being able to hop in the family car [a 20-year-old Chevy] and be in Harlem, Greenwich Village, anywhere in metro New York City in an hour or so.
So, this young white dude, reading philosophy, writing poetry, hating every factory I worked in…got to hear the real deal in person: Malcom X on a Harlem street corner, bought books and argued dialectics at the Jefferson Bookstore, caught musicians like Monk, Mingus and Miles at Birdland, Half Note and the Five-Spot.
Living double time-and-a-half.