Yesterday, I had the pleasure of appearing on my friend Mario Armstrong’s SirriusXM radio show covering digital/tech issues. I was on for my embrace of social media technology and my all-around aviation geekiness.
One of the topics we discussed was one near and dear to my heart — the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Two weeks ago, I attended the EAA AirVenture show where a trailer for the new George Lucas film on the Airmen — Red Tails – was screened, along with a panel discussion. And last week, I was in Philadelphia for the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention, where Lucas did another screening and panel with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard.
As the daughter and granddaughter of Air Force officers, I grew up listening to tales of the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen. When we lived at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., we went to Tuskegee to see where the Airmen trained.
I hope that this documentary will bring this important piece of aviation, military and civil rights history to the forefront yet again. I don’t want the generations to forget just how amazing they were in their time, a time when a man — and his abilities — were judged basically by the color of his skin.
So I hope that when this film is released in January 2012, you will support it. Take your friends, your children and your family to learn about an amazing piece of American history! And enjoy the trailer, below.