Before the Civil Rights Movement, Tuskegee Airmen fought Jim Crow laws to become black pilots during WWII.
Tuskegee Airmen were the first American trained black pilots to fly combat airplanes, known as Red Tails, during WWII when Jim Crow laws prevailed in the United States military and other aspects of American society.
Before Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, A. Philip Randolph and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt were instrumental in getting black pilots trained for combat by convincing President Franklin Roosevelt to authorize the Tuskegee Airmen program. A. Philip Randolph was labeled the most dangerous black man in America because of his ability to organize people around a cause like the Tuskegee Airmen. If anyone could pull off black pilots in the U.S. military, it would be A. Philip Randolph and his partner in the venture, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was known to influence her husband, Franklin Roosevelt in matters of race and human rights.
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