I met an actual Tuskegee Airman in Atlanta last week. The airmen were the first squadron of African American military pilots in the United States armed forces. They came from all over the United States, trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee Alabama and fought in World War II. This handsome, pepper-haired gentleman was attending a session on educational funding for children of color who now comprise the majority of students in public schools in the American South. His entire life has been one of service, leadership and stewardship.
He told me about his distinguished and well educated children. I told him about my Brooklyn-born, Jewish father, a child of immigrants, who fought in the Pacific. We shook hands and I thanked him for defending our country and setting an example for generations to come.