In celebration of Black History Month, San Diego Unified School District's Race Human Relations and Advocacy Department, in association with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Urban League, and the Neighborhood Association presented the “Tuskegee Airmen Rise Above” Traveling Exhibit.
exhibit was located on the Porter Elementary School campus and is a one
of a kind climate controlled movie theater with a 180 degree screen
providing a multimedia experience not soon forgotten.
On February 18, 2014, School Board Vice President, Marne Foster
celebrated the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen with a commendation at the
ribbon cutting ceremony. Students visited the exhibit daily for the week
of February 18-21, 2014. The Tuskegee Airmen Rise Above Exhibit was
also available to the public each day.
Special thanks to Lillie McMillan, Dr. Shirley Wilson and Agin Shaheed for making the event a great success.
Find out more about this event by contacting Shaheed, Director of the
Race Human Relations and Advocacy Department, at (858) 490-8678.
According to its website,
the goal of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron is to share
with everyone the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s
first black military pilots and their support crews. Their strength,
courage, and ability to triumph over adversity during World War II can
serve to inspire others about how to succeed today.
The Americans who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen wanted to
fight for freedom as pilots during World War II. What made them
different from the thousands of others with the same patriotic zeal was
that they were black at a time when the U.S. military had no black
pilots or air support crews.
In the 1940s, the ignorance of
segregation and prejudice was a sad part of American culture. This meant
the U.S. military wouldn’t give black men a chance to train as pilots,
but as the country geared up for war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt
was pressured to change that. He ordered the Army Air Corps to set up a
pilot training program in Tuskegee, Alabama.
The program was not
expected to be successful, but the young black soldiers who worked so
hard to become America’s first black military pilots proved everyone