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Despite adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in US military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the US military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
The military selected Tuskegee Institute to train pilots because of its commitment to aeronautical training. Tuskegee had the facilities, and engineering and technical instructors, and climate for year-round flying. The first Civilian Pilot Training Program students completed their instruction in May 1940. The Tuskegee program was then expanded and became the center for African-American aviation during World War II.
The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. They proved conclusively that African Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the US military.
Nov. 6, 1998, President Clinton approved Public Law 105-355, which established the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, to commemorate and interpret the heroic actions of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. The site contains a museum and interpretive programs at Moton Field and a national center.
Salute to the sons of the US Virgin Islands: Henry E. Rohlsen and Herbert Heywood, The Tuskegee in Paradise, and to the newsletter about them of the same name.
Meet one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, 91 years young, Richard Hall, as he shares his personal stories with us today on The Fly Girl Show. He will enlighten us about his days as a mechanic with the Tuskegee pilots at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, my home town. Another importatnt part of African American history, the pioneers in aviation, the unknown and untold stories that needs to be remembered.
The Tuskegee Airmen Movie was first aired on T.V in 1995.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, Black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained at Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field, located near Tuskegee, Alabama, which included five Haitians from the Haitian Air Force (Alix Pasquet, Raymond Cassagnol, Pelissier Nicolas, Ludovic Audant, and Eberle Guilbaud).
Although the 477th Bombardment Group trained with North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat. The 99th Pursuit Squadron (later, 99th Fighter Squadron) was the first black flying squadron, and the first to deploy overseas (to North Africa in April 1943, and later to Sicily and Italy). The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, was the first black flying group. The group deployed to Italy in early 1944. In June 1944, the 332nd Fighter Group began flying heavy bomber escort missions, and in July 1944, the 99th Fighter Squadron was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group, which then had four fighter squadrons.
Much more info can be found on the web and we incourage you to give a look at all the exciting history that pertains to the great group of Airmen.
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Teanastellen! (Hello in Amharic/Ethiopian) Pull up a chair (with your phone/tablet,etc) and check out the latest edition of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse podcast airing this Saturday at 6pm EST. Join Dburt, Capt. Kirk and "the Uncanny" Daryll B. as they decipher this week Rubik's cube-like conundrums: as the New York Comic Con marches forward, not only are The Defenders (Netflix) scheduled to make an appearance but a teaser trailer for Jessica Jones hits the interwebs; Dburt really digs TNT's 60s crime drama, Public Morals; comic writer, Garth Ennis tackles the Tuskegee Airmen in an upcoming series entitled, Dreaming Eagles; photos of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, courtesy of the CW hit the net; the crew gives their thoughts about original programming coming to Apple as perhaps a competitor to Netflix and Amazon; perhaps in the vein of a Batman vs Superman crossover move, has the forthcoming King Kong: Skull Island film moved from Universal to Warner Bros to wrestle Godzilla? And lastly, our impressions of Zack Snyder's comments levied toward the Ant-Man film and the perceived seriousness of prospective WB/DC comic films.
For the second half, when we delve into more socio-political fare, the good folks at Podcast Juice stop by to engage in a fruitful debate about the efficacy of Black Lives Matter. Is it only about police misconduct claims or is it appropriate to include intraracial urban violence under the BLM banner? (Dburt say "yes" resoundingly); Retired tennis phenom, James Blake gets manhandled by the NYPD; Waxing on the Venus and Serena showing at US Open. And Dburt questions Donald Trump (again) on labeling fellow Republican presidential aspirant, Dr. Ben Carson an "OK doctor" Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
The Ralph B. Lee, Jr. blog talk radio show welcomes Travon Dennis, PR Director for the Atlanta chapter Tuskegee Airmen. Tonight's discussion will be the first of a four part series addressing the history, contributions, current activities and future of the great Tuskegee Airmen Brand. Travon’s excitement and commitment to the work of pronouncing the Tuskegee Airmen brand is undeniable. To miss this show would be to skip out on the final pitch of the World Series that is tied at the bottom of the ninth with three men on and full-count. Travon’s eloquence, knowledge and passion will help all those unaware of the relevance of a Great History to be restored and recaptured.
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In honor of Black History Month we are delighted to welcome Dr. Clinard "Clint" Martin ~ Aviation Artist, Historian and former Tuskegee Airmen for over 25 years to the show! Please join us as Dr. Martin shares a wealth of information about the History and Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen also known as The Red Tails.
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Well, while you hunker down for what we're told is going to be a helluva of winter storm, why not listen to a new episode of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse, airing this Saturday at 6pm EST. Due to what turned out to be one of our best comic con experiences, the crew (Dburt, Capt. Kirk and Dburt) decided to take a shot at recreating the Blerds and Bleeks Speak segment of the 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival held at the Schomburg Center (Harlem, NY) during MLK Day! So hold on to your hats, when we welcome Ashlee Blackwell (Grvyrd Shift Sisters), Karama Horne (The Blerd Gurl), Maurice Waters (Black Sci-Fi) and Joseph Illidge (Verge Entertainment, The Mission) for a gabfest with topics ranging from comic cons (minority themed and otherwise), the promotion/business of Blerd culture and expectations for geekery circa 2016. And if that wasn't enough, Messrs. Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham, the creative team behind The Tuskegee Heirs, stop by to discuss this great graphic novel project and the (ongoing) successful Kickstarter campaign that is making this comic series a reality. Call in live at 646-915-9620.
I don't believe it-even here-forty thousand kilometers from earth....the first thing I see is a giant alien white man with an attitude-Dr. Adam Brashear/Blue Marvel
TRIBE Family Channel and Joey Pinkney are honored to have as our next guest, Colonel Richard Toliver, discussing life, his outstanding career and his recent release, WOMAN-A Godly Creation.
Richard Toliver retired from the Air Force as a Colonel after twenty-six years of dedicated service, including two combat tours in Southeast Asia. He is a protégé of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, where he was mentored, trained, and commissioned under their tutelage. Colonel Toliver has been married for over fifty-one years to the former Margaret A. Hairston of Baltimore, Maryland. The Tolivers have two great grandchildren, thirteen grandchildren and eight adult children, five of which are adopted or part of the family through acceptance, commitment, and love.
This show is sponsored by TBA.
Join Nancy Reid & Lisa D. Smith, publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Way Back When History show. This episode airs live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona; the hotel headquarters for the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour of all 409 National Park units.
On This Episode:
- Southwest Trading Posts – Photographer Ed Grazda discusses his new book ‘A Last Glance: Trading Posts of the Four Corners’ published by powerHouse Books.
- WWII Airfields in England - Glynn Burrows, historian and owner of Norfolk Tours UK.
- Freedom Fighters Mural - Mickey Hirni discusses this patriotic mural in Exeter, California, dedicated to all veterans in all branches of service.
- Tuskegee Airmen - Alan Spears, Director of Cultural Resources for the National Parks Conservation Association, talks about the history behind the Tuskegee National Historic Site in Alabama.
- Yuma Landing Bar & Grill – Mixologist Heather Witherington talks about the restaurant’s location at the site of where the first airplane landed in Arizona, plus their aviation inspired food and cocktails.
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What's the deal, people! Check out the latest episode of the Mid Week in Review, thanks to Afronerd Machine Works. Don't forget to set your clocks for this Wednesday at 7:30pm EST as your designated hosts, Dburt and Capt. Kirk hone their detective skills analyzing this (mid) week's topics: After this year's Oscar nominees were revealed to not include any films or talent of color, actress Jada Pinkett Smith calls for a boycott of the famed award broadcast; activist and media personality, Rev. Al Sharpton causes controversy for a soul food reference during a rally with a majority Black crowd on MLK Day; we give our impressions of not only this past weekend's Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg (Harlem, NYC) but also Dburt's appearance as a panelist during the event; and speaking of Dr. King's Holiday, we revisit once again, our thoughts as to what would the iconic Civil Rights think about race relations and by extension Black progress empowerment, circa 2016; what exactly can we learn from the apparent ascendancy of "budget" hip hop artist, Lil Dicky (Save Dat Money!); Black Lives Matter's head acolyte, DeRay Mckesson makes an appearance on Stephen Colbert's Late Show and proceeds to instruct him on his White privilege (yawn...can't we just do the work without exposition?). And lastly, we highlight the successful Tuskegee Heirs graphic novel Kickstarter campaign. Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
Tonight we will pay tribute to honorable men who fought for what they believed was right.Brave men of the 332nd fighter group of Airmen in the US military during WW2.I will talk about why I support the new film by George Lucas Red Tails and why people should support this project.There are some who are using this historic film to bash these great men.And complain about why no black this or black that.Black people have become a self destructive force hell bent on oblivion.I knew some so called conscious people were going to say bad things about the film so tonight they will feel the heat.Tonight I will preach a fire and brimstone sermon about why it is anyone who does anything good is attacked by envious Negroes?Also tonight marks two years since I met David Alexander Hitt on BTR.I will give my accessment of the IAAC and the future of nationhood and his vision.
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