Meet & Greet Living American Heroes - Tuskegee Airmen

MOVIE

Century Aurora 16 Movie Theatre
January 27, 2012
7:30pm

Tickets available at door
$4.50 Prairie students with ID, $6 adults
limited seating

VISIT

IST Lecture Center
February 10th, 2012
11:00am - 2:30pm

Selected students will attend
Presentation streamed to Prairie and
feeder elementary schools

Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to the Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.

Brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha as well as other members in historically black Greek letter organizations served in the military during WW II and have established themselves as courageous barons for the defense of this country.

Red Tails

A Film by George Lucas


1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once -- one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base -- leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills -- while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. 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 -- Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. 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.

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway.

To learn more, please visit
http://www.tuskegeeairmen.org/
http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/showbiz/2012/01/22/natpkg-red-tails.cnn