The Tuskegee Airmen faced grave workplace issues and overcame them, paving a pathway for people of color to integrate the ranks of the US Military for ages to come. The brave crew of highly-skilled airmen battled their fiercest enemy, discrimination and won. Few remain alive to tell the story of their valiant struggle to take flight during WWII, however those who are still standing will give back this weekend in Orlando, Florida.
Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1, Labor Day Weekend, will mark the 2013 Tom Joyner Family Reunion at the Gaylord Palms® Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Since 2002, Tom Joyner has been celebrating culture with experiences that have offered the Black community some of the most recognized events in the country.
The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. will present ‘Fly-Jock’ Tom Joyner a Gift at 2013 TJMS Family Reunion in Orlando. The officers and members of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) are proud to announce Tom Joyner as the recipient of the Red Tails Jacket and Honorary membership in TAI in honor of Tom’s late father, Hercules Joyner, a documented original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA). The Red Tails Jacket is emblematic of the men and women, white and black, who were part of the Tuskegee Airmen experience that led to integration of the U.S. armed forces. They were pilots, bombardiers, navigators, aircraft mechanics, ground crew, and support staff in the U.S. military.
The Red Tails Jacket will be presented to the ‘fly jock’ during the live broadcast of the Tom Joyner Morning Show at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion, on Friday, August 30, 2013, in the Expo Hall at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL. The presentation is slated for approximately 7:30am Eastern time.
TAI president, BG Leon Johnson (USAF-ret), and two documented original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs), Ret. Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” Hughes and Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Richard Hall, members of TAI’s Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Chapter in Melbourne, Florida, will make the official presentation. Colonel Amicitia Maloon-Gibson, USA-Ret Vice-President, GDCJ Chapter, TAI, Vice-President, and Judie Gilliam, Secretary, of the “Chappie” James Chapter will also attend the event.
Tom Joyner and his late father attended the TAI 2007 national convention held in Dallas, Texas. The next convention is being held at Orlando’s Rosen Center, July 30 to August 2, 2014.
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) is a 501c(3), not-for-profit, national organization that exists primarily to motivate and inspire young people to become participants in our nation’s society and democratic process.
TAI supports young men and women pursuing excellence, paying special attention to those interested in careers in aviation, technology, and aerospace. The organization is dedicated to keeping alive the history, achievements, and importance of the original Tuskegee Airmen.
There are more than 50 active chapters of TAI located in major cities and military installations throughout the United States. Membership is made up of civilians and veterans, as well as military personnel from all branches of the service.
Previous recipients of the Red Tails Jacket and Honorary Membership in TAI include George Lucas, producer/director of “The Red Tails” movie and owner of LucasFilms, and Robin Roberts of news anchor of ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” whose father was a documented original Tuskegee Airmen.
For more information on TAI, go to www.tuskegeeairmen.org.
Contact: Sandra J. Campbell
National Public Relations Officer
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
(816) 260-0749; E:firstname.lastname@example.org