Isaac Woodard Biography
Isaac Woodard Jr. was a decorated African American World War II veteran. Hours after being honorably discharged from the United States Army on 12th February 1946, was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home. was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home.
The attack and his injuries sparked national outrage and galvanized the civil rights movement in the United States. Such miscarriages of justice by state governments influenced a move towards civil rights initiatives at the federal level.
Truman subsequently established a national interracial commission, made a historic speech to the NAACP and the nation in June 1947 in which he described civil rights as a moral priority, submitted a civil rights bill to Congress in February 1948, and issued Executive Orders 9980 and 9981 on June 26, 1948, desegregating the armed forces and the federal government.
Isaac Woodard Age
He was born 18th March 1919, Fairfield County, South Carolina, United States. He was 73 years old when he died on 23rd September 1992, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.
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Isaac Woodard Family
He was one of nine children of Sarah and Isaac Woodard Sr., He was born on March 8, 1919, on a farm in Fairfield County, South Carolina. The Woodard family, as landless sharecroppers, was on the lowest rung of what was essentially a feudal society. His family struggled to subsist, and the Woodard children frequently worked in the fields rather than attend school. He quited School at age of 11, after completing the fifth grade, and left home at 15 in search of relief from the family’s crushing poverty. His mother would later observe that Fairfield County whites, who owned virtually all of the land and wealth of the community, did not “think of a Negro as they do a dog. Looks as if all they want is our work.”
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Isaac Woodard Education
According to our research, Isaac attended local segregated schools, often underfunded for African Americans during the Jim Crow years.
Isaac Woodard Career
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina on 14th October 1942 at the age of 23 years old. He served in the Pacific Theater in a labor battalion as a longshoreman and was promoted to sergeant. He later earned a battle star for his Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal by unloading ships under enemy fire in New Guinea, and received the Good Conduct Medal as well as the Service medal and World War II Victory Medal awarded to all American participants. He then received an honorable discharge.
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He was one of the sheriffs who dragged Woodard off the bus and repeatedly jabbed him in both eyes with their police batons, blinding him as he was on his way to meet his wife. The beating was later reported to Truman by NAACP leaders in a meeting at the White House on September 19, 1946. Truman was shocked and both opened a Justice Department investigation into the case and promised to create what would become the President’s Committee on Civil Rights, the first national civil rights commission.
Isaac Woodard Death
He died on 23rd September 1992, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.
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Isaac Woodard was en route to meet his wife on February 12, 1946, when he was arrested and beaten blind by police chief Linwood Shull. Woodward was a 26-year-old Black veteran who had been honorably discharged and was traveling by bus (still in uniform) to Winnsboro, SC. #BHM pic.twitter.com/5hk9a47yWf— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) February 12, 2019
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Town honors an African-American WWII veteran blinded in a 1946 police beating
(CNN)A South Carolina town has honored an African-American World War II veteran more than 70 years after he was beaten and blinded by local police.