Disruptor Series

The Tuskegee Airmen are Disrupting History

November 10, 2020

In a very special episode to commemorate Veteran's Day 2020, Doug Melville interviews Brigadier General Leon Johnson, president of Tuskegee Airmen inc. to gain further insight into the legendary brigade and discuss the #FlyLikeThem campaign.

History has often ignored the contributions of Black Americans, leaving heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black military pilots, overlooked. They flew nearly 1,500 missions and shot down 112 German aircraft. These men flew above prejudice, racism and hate to serve their country and drive positive change in America.  

Lucasfilm & TBWA\Chiat\Day New York have launched an educational initiative and social media campaign to provide resources to students and educators.

Using the hashtag #FlyLikeThem, Lucasfilm will share quotes from the Airmen, highlight facts from their World War II experiences and encourage everyone to share personal stories inspired by their heroic examples.  

“What the Tuskegee Airmen did is not Black history, it’s not military history, it’s American history." - Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, President Tuskegee Airmen inc.

 

Credits:

Host - Doug Melville
Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett
Executive Producer - Rashida Peters
Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

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