This documentary podcast explores the history of Buffalo Soldiers — the Black soldiers that fought in the United States Army before it was desegregated in 1948. The podcast features a special interview with 101-year-old Willie Jenkins, who was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served until the end of World War II.
I was inspired to make this podcast because Willie Jenkins is my great-grandfather, and I want to contribute to the documentation and commemoration of his experience in the armed forces. I also wanted to document his personality and wit, as he has thankfully maintained it even after 101 years of life. This project if my gift to my great-grandfather and those who share this experience with him.