THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Lucasfilm has made the documentary Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War freely available to watch, as part of an initiative to help celebrate the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, and to help students to learn about their story.
The Tuskegee Airmen served during the Second World War, and included many African-American aviators. They flew nearly 1,500 missions, shooting down 112 German aircraft, and earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying crosses.
Explaining the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen to history, actor David Oyelowo, who starred in the Red Tails film about the Airmen, said that "Black history IS American history ... America would be nothing akin to what it is in terms of its power and prowess and prosperity without Black people; and the Tuskegee Airmen were a huge part of that. They were rock stars in the sky and changemakers on the ground. One of the things we have all been robbed of is heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen to aspire to."
The Lucasfilm initiative involves educational content, a social media campaign, as well as a new Video spotlight, Celebrate The Tuskegee Airmen, narrated by Leslie Odom Jr (Hamilton, Red Tails). During November, the film Red Tails will also be available to watch for free from Lucasfilm.com.
Teacher and writer Vivett Dukes, author of the free downloadable Double Victory education guide, described the Tuskegee Airmen as "among the bravest, most dignified cadre of men to ever fight for our country - even when our country did not grant them the very freedoms they risked their lives to uphold". Dukes added that "They deserve to be studied. They deserve to be revered. May their successes and sacrifices never be lost on us again."
Lucasfilm's resources on the Tuskegee Airmen, including the documentary film Double Victory and the film Red Tails can be found at www.lucasfilm.com/TuskegeeAirmen