On this episode of Quick Kicks, we discuss crowd-funded graphic novel, Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny. Tuskegee Heirs aspires to mix the history of the Tuskegee Airmen’s story into a sci-fi nerd culture series about young teens that are the Earth’s last line of defense. The creators, Marcus Williams (Hero Cats, Super Natural and D.M.C) and children’s book author Greg Burnham (Broken Glass and Grandpa’s Shoes), are looking to not only create a comic based around these young heroes, but create an entire universe of animation episodes, video games, and anything else that could accurately tell the history behind the Tuskegee Airmen through these kid’s stories.
The history of The Tuskegee Airmen is one that inspires many, but is the result of an experiment to test the capabilities of black soldiers. It’s one of the many great tales about black Americans doing something beyond imagination and making an impact in American history.
Here’s a brief history lesson that will be entwined in the premise of Tuskegee Heirs:
In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. 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.
“Tuskegee Airmen” refers to all who were involved in the so-called “Tuskegee Experience,” the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. They proved conclusively that African Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements, together with the men and women who supported them, paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military.
The Kickstarter page for Tuskegee Heirs can be found here. I’m in full support of Tuskegee Heirs and I hope that you all are convinced too. The creators are making it a point to aim ths series to our youth in hopes of inspiring young people to fulfill their dreams. The Tuskegee Heirs Facebook page constantly keeps backers and onlookers updated.
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