U.S. Senator Carl Levin has presented a congressional medal to the family of a western Michigan man who endured white racism as a black Marine during the 1940s.
Levin spoke to about 100 people in Grand Rapids on Saturday at an event honoring Darvis Beene, a minister, businessman and father of 13 who died in 1993 at age 68.
The Michigan Democrat presented a congressional gold medal to Beene's family.
Flora Beene says that a drill sergeant pounded a rifle on her father's foot at training camp in Montford Point at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She says the injury caused a lifelong disability.