"Red Tails", the Story of the Tuskegee Airmen

red tailsThe documentary film, "Red Tails": Story of the Tuskegee Airmen, will be introduced by Professor of History Doug Slaybaugh. Overcoming segregation and prejudice, Tuskegee Airmen 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 paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military. "Red Tails," a 2012 American war film produced by Lucas film and released by 20th Century Fox, portrays these airmen, finally called into duty in the air undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight - a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy - and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and others.

Part of the week of events titled, "A Call to Conscience: Martin Luther King and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights".

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