SAN FRANCISCO – Lucasfilm has launched an education initiative and social media campaign to provide resources to students and educators. The documentary Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War is now permanently available Lucasfilm.com and is accompanied by a brand new syllabus for grades 6 through 12 created by educator Vivett Dukes. Also released recently was Celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen, a role narrated by Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton, Red Tails) that explores the history and legacy of the Airmen. Lucasfilm will add written profiles on Tuskegee pilots, nurses, and ground crews ahead of Veterans Day on November 11, 2020. In addition, Disney + is offering the feature film Red Tails free of charge for the month of November Lucasfilm.com.
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History has often ignored the contributions of black Americans and overlooked heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military pilots. They flew almost 1,500 missions and shot down 112 German planes. These men flew beyond prejudice, racism and hate to serve their country and drive positive change in America. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses and contributed to their integration into the US armed forces.
"Black history is American history," commented actor David Oyelowo (Selma, Red Tails). “America would be nothing like its blacks in terms of power, skill and wealth. and the Tuskegee Airmen were a big part of it. They were rock stars in the sky and change makers on the ground. One of the things that have been stolen from us all is heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen that we aspire to. "
"They are among the bravest and most worthy cadres of men who have ever fought for our country – even if our country has not granted them the freedoms they risked their lives to uphold," added Dukes, author of the free downloadable " Double Victory ". Educational guide. “You deserve to be studied. You deserve to be worshiped. May their successes and sacrifices never be lost to us again. "
Watch: "Celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen – Learn Their Story:"
In addition to the educational initiative, Lucasfilm has launched a social media campaign to educate and expand the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Using the hashtag #FlyLikeThem, Lucasfilm will share quotes from the aviators, highlight facts from their WWII experience and encourage everyone to share personal stories inspired by their heroic examples. The social media campaign was developed by award-winning advertising agency TBWA CHIAT DAY New York, which has partnered with Lucasfilm to bring these compelling stories of American heroes to a new generation.
"Everything the Tuskegee Airmen did had to be better, stronger, faster, and smarter," explained actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr. "Some of our greatest change agents in American history were very young – people in their twenties attending Believing the Dream In the ideals America told them to believe in. Young people need to soak up the history of the aviators and make them a part of them knowing they will take the baton and their leg of the race can walk with full confidence and know what has been achieved before them by people who are not much older than them.
President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, saying, "My civil service career was made possible by trailblazers like the Tuskegee Airmen."
The late Captain Roscoe C. Brown Jr., a Tuskegee Airmen and squadron commander, said: “It was a time in history that we should be very proud of. There is a time in history when we helped change the world. And I think we've set the star very, very high for everyone who follows us. "