The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II: A Personal Memoir by Two of the First African-American military pilots

The Institute for the Study of the Americas is hosting an event with the U.S. Embassy London on the African-American Tuskegee WWII pilots as part of the Embassy's January celebration of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The attendees will watch the 60 minute Lucasfilm documentary Double Victory detailing the story of how the Tuskegee Airmen, the first-ever group of African-American aviators in the United States, fought racism non-violently at home while fighting fascism in Europe. After the showing, there will be a rare opportunity to speak with two Tuskegee Airmen, Le Roy Gillead and Alexander Jefferson, and to hear about how America has changed in the years since they made history. Jefferson is the author of the book Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free, his memoirs of his time as an airman and POW after he was shot down over France during WWII.

Double Victory is a Lucasfilm documentary which has not yet been released in the UK. It is narrated by Cuba Gooding, Jr., and features interviews with living Tuskegee Airmen interspersed with wartime footage. It was created by Lucasfilm to be paired with the upcoming Hollywood debut of the Lucasfilm action movie Red Tails, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., which is released in 2012.

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Le Roy Gillead, Alexander Jefferson, Ronald Spriggs, Rodney Gillead
Event date: 
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 - 12:00am
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