By Alton Augustus Adams Sr.
Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., used to be a musician, author, hotelier, and the 1st black bandmaster of the us military. Born within the Virgin Islands in 1889, Adams joined the U.S. army in 1917. even if naval coverage on the time constrained blacks to menial jobs, Adams and his all-black ensemble supplied a bridge among the neighborhood inhabitants and their all-white naval directors. His memoirs, edited by way of Mark Clague, with a foreword via Samuel Floyd, Jr., exhibit an encouraged activist who believed track might swap the realm, mitigate racism, and convey prosperity to his island domestic.
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