One of my favorite memories as a freshman at Howard University was meeting a surviving member of the The Tuskegee Airmen.
The group, immortalized by an HBO film starring Lawrence Fishburne, was a hugely successful band of Army Air Corps pilots who, by conventional thought, shouldn’t have existed. The popular thinking at the time was that African Americans did not have the intelligence or skills required to fly fighter aircraft in combat.
These men who helped integrate the military, in addition to the Little Rock Nine who helped integrate the education system, will be present as the White House finally becomes integrated. Those attending the inauguration will be standing next to these great American heroes as President Barack Obama is sworn into office.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.
For more about the Tuskegee Airmen, check out:
- Nightfighters: The True Story of the 332nd Fighter Group -- The Tuskegee Airmen
- The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars