Invisible Generals: Rediscovering Family Legacy, and a Quest to Honor America's First Black Generals

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Atria/Black Privilege Publishing
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6.1 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Doug Melville is one of the most innovative voices in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with over a decade of experience. Most recently he was the global head of diversity and inclusion at Richemont, one of the world's leading luxury goods companies. Previously, Melville worked on Madison Avenue advising clients--including Apple, Airbnb, PepsiCo, Nissan, and more--on inclusive ad campaigns and communication strategies. He has also lectured at Stanford University, Georgetown University, and Harvard University. His first book, Invisible Generals, was released on Veterans Day 2023. Find out more at
"In the rich tapestry of American history, the inspiring saga of the country's first two Black generals remains a lesser-known gem, hidden in the shadows of time. These trailblazers, courageous leaders, and unyielding advocates rose above adversity with the unwavering spirit of justice burning in their hearts. Their story serves as an enduring beacon of hope, a reminder that the path to equality and justice is not without challenges, but it is one worth traversing."
--Ben Crump, Black America's Attorney General
"Invisible Generals is not Black history, nor military history, but American history. The military's first two Black generals paved the way for so many not just in our military but for all Americans--yet they have been invisible for so long. This book will educate and inspire Americans to honor these heroes for their selfless contributions toward moving our nation forward."
--BRIGADIER GENERAL (RET.) LEON JOHNSON, former national president of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
"A thoughtful, highly readable blend of family and military history."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Documenting unsparingly the opposition they had to overcome due solely to the color of their skin, Melville recounts [his family's] stories with deep emotion, sympathetic with their struggles and angry with the system that made these humans invisible."
"Melville traces his family's history to ensure their groundbreaking achievements are not forgotten."
--Arlington Magazine
"The book Black America needs in this moment. This American story is rooted in family, loyalty, heart, and excellence. Doug's family is representative of our own families . . . rooted in the consistent legacies of connection, disruption, and love in ways we can all be proud of."
--Eboni K. Williams, journalist, attorney, and author of Pretty Powerful
"For centuries, Black people's contributions to American history have been overlooked--including their contributions to US military prowess. As Black Americans, our stories have power. And it's long past time to reclaim that power."
--Charlamagne Tha God, New York Times bestselling author of Black Privilege