If you’re interested in learning about the fourth Black cadet to graduate from West Point who went on to become the commander of the Tuskegee Airmen and the first Black general in the US Air Force, then my Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Black History Facts profile is for you.
“The Tuskegee Airmen” is a 1995 made for TV semi-fictional drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first all-Black Air Force squadron. Formed in Tuskegee, Alabama, the group was initially an experiment to gauge the suitability of Black men to serve as fighter and bomber pilots. Laurence Fishburne is joined by several other popular Black male actors of the time in a portrayal of the young pilots who competed for the opportunity to train and fight in World War II. The men brave the dangers of flight school while also contending with prejudice to become one of the most well-respected air combat squadrons.
If you’re interested in learning about a botanist and inventor who developed 300 products from peanuts and 118 from sweet potatoes to decrease Black farmers’ reliance on cotton and tobacco, my George Washington Carver Black History Short is for you.
Since moving to Atlanta and launching Noire Histoir in 2016 I’ve visited several Black History sites within Atlanta and neighboring states. Having journeyed to Montgomery, Alabama twice I passed Tuskegee along the way and made a mental note to visit at some point. I finally had a chance to visit in the late summer and spent part of the day on the Tuskegee University campus and the rest of the day visiting other sites.