Portrait in Black History: Benjamin Davis broke down barriers while serving his country

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In today's Portrait in Black History, we recognize a man who broke down barriers while serving his country.

Benjamin Davis made history as the first African American to be promoted to general in the United States Air Force in 1940.

After retiring, Davis continued to work to improve relations between black and white soldiers in the 1940s and during the Civil Rights Movement.

Later in his career, Davis came to Cleveland and served as public safety director for the city in 1970. Davis died in 2002 at the age of 89.

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