A story of courage and valor, Black Boots is a dramatic epic inspired by the true story of America’s first African-American marines trained at Montford Points. In a time of extreme racial prejudice, the Montford Point Marines continued to fight for their country and make history.
During an era of escalating and unquestioned segregation, President Franklin Roosevelt established a blacks-only Marine boot camp at MontfordPoint, a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. For the first irrefutable time in US history, African Americans were actually combat trained, although they were still deployed in segregated units.
The MontfordPoint Marines overcame racial stereotypes and overwhelming political and social stigma, breaking training and artillery records, and yet, they were purposefully posted away from the primary theatres of World War II. On June 27th, 2012, they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their valor, determination, and accomplishments.
It took 70 years to bring them this recognition.
Black Boots shines the light on the tribulations of those who answered the call of a nation divided, and is a tribute to the sacrifice and patriotism of the first black Marines.