What became known as the Tuskegee Experience began in 1931 with a letter from the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to the War Department asking that blacks be allowed to join the military. The efforts of early African American aviators, the struggle of organizations and individuals against the military’s segregation policies, and the hard work of thousands of young men and women, military and civilian, black and white, all combined to make the Tuskegee Airmen an important but often overlooked part of America’s military history.
Through fascinating interviews with veterans and historical photographs, Black Knights is the story of the men and women who served in the training program at Tuskegee Army Air Field from 1941 to 1946. The pilots’ stories are here, but so are the experiences of the mechanics, band members, armorers, staff officers, nurses, and more that proved that they had courage and perseverance, not only in war, but in peacetime as well.
About the Authors
Partners in the firm of Homan and Reilly Designs, Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They design, curate, and research museum exhibitions, including the acclaimed traveling exhibition, The Tuskegee Airmen, and a permanent exhibit at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Savannah, GA called African-Americans in Aviation. Both Ms. Homan and Mr. Reilly lecture frequently across the United States. This is their ninth book together.
By Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Military / Aviation
TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History
336 pp. 6 x 9
101 b/w photos