BHM 2017 Day 19: African American Airmen

On February 19, 1942, the Tuskegee Airmen became the first African American pilots to fight in World War II, and maintain aircrafts.

Despite discrimination and alive-and-well Jim Crow laws, the five men persevered, and graduated from Tuskegee University. By the end of WWII, 992 men graduated from the historically black university (hbcu) located in Tuskegee, Alabama, which was founded by African American scholar Booker T. Washington.

HBCUs could be considered a necessary contribution to the mind of America – black people. The only institutions in which African Americans could study, graduate, and go on to be successful.

Tuskegee is the number one producer of African-American aerospace science engineers in the nation, the top producer of African-American Ph.D. holders in Materials Science and Engineering in the U.S., and the only historically black college or university with a fully accredited College of Veterinary Medicine that offers the Doctoral Degree, producing over 75% of the African-American veterinarians in the world.

 

 

 

Author: Maya J. Boddie

Daughter. Sister. Friend. Lover. Giver. Writer. Dreamer. Doer.

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