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The Lessons of The Tuskegee Airmen

The Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge, Pa., recently awarded the George Washington Honor Medal to the state Department of Education, Alabama Power Co. and surviving Tuskegee Airmen for the production of the educational video and lesson plan, “Patriots & Pioneers: The Lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen." The video and lesson plan were in fourth-, sixth-, seventh- and 11th-grade social studies classes in more than 3,000 public schools and in every public school library across the state.

The video program highlights contributions and heroism of one of the most highly respected and historically significant fighter groups of World War II, the education department said.

“These brave Americans have demonstrated to the world that their patriotism is much more than skin deep," Superintendent Joe Morton said.

The Tuskegee Airmen were black pilots and crew members who were segregated from other units following the Jim Crow military custom of the time.

Tuscaloosa AL News

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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