Feb 2, 2016

Despite challenges, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S military history over the past 300 years. Before 1940, African Americans weren’t allowed to fly for the U.S. military. Like so many others, the young African Americans who would become known as the “Tuskegee Airmen” had aspirations to serve in the military. They wanted to push the limits and fight the enemy from the air as pilots.

All branches of the U.S. military were heavily segregated. After pressure from black activists, the press and other political groups the Army Air Corps changed their views on accepting black flight program applicants. The new African American cadets were persistent during their training and war service so they would continue to be valued as an asset in future years to come. The experiences of these African American airmen were the foundation of the endless opportunities for African American soldiers today.

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) is dedicated to keeping alive the importance of the original Tuskegee Airman by motivating and inspiring young Americans to become participants in our nation’s democratic process. Like, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, TAI supports young men and women pursuing excellence.

Fallen Patriots honors the history and accomplishments of African Americans who participated in the “Tuskegee Experience.” These men and women possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America to the best of their ability. Fallen Patriots actively strives to make a lasting impact in history by accepting the challenge to provide a college education to all Gold Star military children without regards to ethnicity or race.