America Patriots with Courage Have No Color!

African American military patriots have fought in every single war and skirmish that America has been involved in. The movie Red Tails by George Lucas about the famed Tuskegee Airman will open next Friday, January 20, 2012 in theatres near you.  It premiered in New York this week at the Ziegfeld Theater. It is a story about the Tuskegee Airmen…that says, “Courage has no color!”

Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.  There are Tuskegee Airman Chapters or TAI Chapters  all over the US

Sadly, George Lucas has been working on this film and trying to get support from EVERYONE for 20 years and he was left put $58 million (37.8 million) of his own money into the movie. It will be released by his company Lucasfilm, and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.  Lucas believed in the project so much that he is putting a further $35 million (£22.8 million) towards the distribution costs, said trade paper The Hollywood Reporter.  “It’s a reasonably expensive movie,” Lucas told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. “Normally black movies, say Tyler Perry movies or something, they’re very low budget.  “Even then, the [Hollywood studios] won’t really release his movies, it goes to one of the lower, not major distributors. “This [film] costs more than what those movies make,” Lucas added.

Many would be surprised to know how many people even close to them knew or was relative to  these true black heroes of WW2. One of my friends, Pearson said, ” It’s personal for me as for many others. My Dad was stationed at Tuskegee Air Field in December of 1942.  He was not an airman (signal corps trainee) but he shared that same historical experience. This is rich. Let’s support Mr. Lucas’ 20 year journey to release his movie.”

Another who galvanizes my hometown community online,  Hankietta said, ” I am proud to say our uncle Cornelius Dowling was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, who’s plane, unfortunately, went down when he was test piloting his plane.” She added, that the late,  Lee Archer who I also knew, “was one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen from NY and my uncle’s commander, reiterated to me when I accepted my uncle’s NAACP Award  that my uncle was a great pilot!  Other Tuskegee Airmen wrote beautiful words on his picture that we gratefully cherish.”

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