Today we celebrate the men and women who have served their country. Originating in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, Veterans Day honors selfless Americans. However, there isn’t always a nuanced image of veterans and we must, as a nation, remember that they come in all colors and backgrounds.

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There are plenty of familiar Black faces who took time out of their lives to serve in the United States armed forces.

Here’s a gallery of some former servicemen and women you knew about, and maybe a few you didn’t.

1. Ice-T


2. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

3. Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

4. James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

5. Montel Williams

Montel Williams

6. Colin Powell

Colin Powell

7. Charles Rangel

Charles Rangel

8. Sinbad


9. MC Hammer

MC Hammer


10. Shaggy


12. Marvin Gaye

Air Force

14. Berry Gordy

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