Tuskegee Airmen And The Civil Rights Movement

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Kyle Ondar Dr. Adair WGS 252 31, March 2017 Tuskegee Airmen Many people know of the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, they were the first African American Fighting group that flew combat missions for the United States military in World War II. Throughout their time overseas they were breaking down racial barriers by proving that colored men can fly a plane just as well as their white aviation counterparts. In order to get their chance to prove that they were able to serve their country, many things had to go right before they were allowed to take their wheels off the ground. They faced constant discrimination but because of that discrimination they were able to conquer the stereotypes and rise to become some of the most decorated…show more content…
This was a huge stop on the way to success of having the first class of recruits leave the airfields and move into combat. The wife of the president gave encouragement and fully backed the Tuskegee Airmen and gave them determination and consequently the space to push out the first class of recruits. Before this could happen there were a few problems on the camp that the recruits had to overcome. One of which being Colonel Von Kimble. As the commanding officer on the base, he oversaw the day to day operations of the entire base including, the training regimen and schedule of the current recruits. Von Kimble was a white man that was not very supportive of the program making it near impossible for expansion and advanced training to occur on the base. Col. Edward Glenn makes the point in his interview with Studs Terkel that “even on the base in training the whites ate separately then the blacks”. Von Kimble kept tight to the law of the land Alabama and did not deviate from the mentality that the southerners had adopted throughout the the decades.(Terkel) In December of 1942 Lt. Col. Parrish became the director of operations due to this, Von Kimble was relieved of his duties. Lt. Col. Parrish was much more cognizant of segregation and pushed for a completely desegregated airfield. (Historynet) He refused to cut corners and was determined to see the recruits as nothing more than trainees and not races. This determination and resilience helped to
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