Patriotism. Veteran. Service. What comes to mind when you hear these words?
With a quick Google search of the word “veteran,” the image that seems to become redundant and often engrained in the minds of most is not that of a Black veteran.
Black men and women have always been at the forefront of service to our country; from Crispus Attucks, a free Black man who was the first to give his life in the American Revolution, to Harriet Tubman, who served as a nurse, cook, and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.
BMe Community (BMe) launched the “Next Narrative for Black America” campaign and awarded the associated BMe Vanguard Fellowship for Black Veterans to six Pittsburgh community leaders. The “Next Narrative for Black America” campaign aspires to shift the discussion of racial equity from one based on denigrating distortions to one centered on the Black community’s assets and contributions to society. This is called “Asset-Framing.”