Red Tails offers an excellent opportunity for Americans to view what sacrifice and courage look like in times of national security threats. Despite the attempt to demean and discredit the Tuskegee Airmen by a few in powerful positions, God’s plan triumphed to give glory to the Airmen and their supporters, such as Eleanor Roosevelt and others.  The critical need of pilots created an opportunity for the expression of extraordinary courage in living color.

Similar expressions have been seen in past national security challenges- 25 Revolutionary War battles from Lexington-Concord to Yorktown,The Civil War- Fort Wagner and Fort Pillow; Westward security as prized Buffalo Soldiers, 1898 Spanish American war heroes, War of 1812 U.S. Navy men, U. S. 369th infantry successes in European war of WW1; distinguised service with WW2 of Patton’s  feared tank  battlion, capture of Nazi’s stronghold at Anzio, Italy in World War Two.


Red Tails reality is linked to Booker T. Washington’s dream. Many of the viewers of the newly released movie may not be aware that such an experience was made possible 61 years after Dr. Washington’s  founding of the Tuskegee Institute July 4, 1881. Freedom Bound University, a coming movie, shares the preparation story of  the foundation for the brilliant Tuskegee Airmen to demonstrate the excellence of performance in World War 11. “Freedom”  identifies several of the main supporters of Dr. Washington”s historical dream and adventure in a national setting of bigotry, prejudice and racism. Similar courage of the Airmen was expressed in 1881 and 1906, the 25th anniversary; including  President Theodore Roosevelt, Dr. Washington, Andrew Carnegie, Julius Rosenwald, Dr. George Washington Carver, Anna Jeanes and Langston Hughes, and others.

One should look forward to seeing this film following the viewing of Red Tails. The two related films can be used as a teaching moment for one’s own growth, family and friends. The new insights that are subject to evolve are hidden and elusive. The educational sector is profound; it can be seen as a complement to the entertainment sector.  One should leave the movie with a greater understanding who “history” says that we are as Americans, rather than a broad brush media interpetation. The hidden DNA character of America can best be expressed in time of challenges. In over 200 years or more this nation has experienced both good and evil. Despite the evil of slavery and descrimination, we are sustained by a uniquie partnership during national challenges. “Freedom” offers the background and history from which Red Tails  was created and prospered in the early 1940’s.

A Pacifier for Discontent Occupiers

A baby’s pacifier was hastily placed in the mouth of a screaming infant as the parents attempted to silence the upset infant at a crowded mall.  As an act of prevention or cure to these embarrassing loud vocal upsets, parents are prepared to use gentle persuasion to bring peace and quiet.  In life, we take immediate action to quell an upset or challenge.  The amazing thing is that such action seems to work in quieting or preventing an irate child from loud expressions of discontent. Well, the recent Wall Street outbursts near Zuccotti Park, in Manhattan, New York and global  venting , parallel the need for a satisfactory pacifier to bring contentment to “the one per centers.” Since the Occupier’s expressions have become global, perhaps it is time to look for solutions of that bring winning results as with most cases of  infants or toddlers.

One might classify the occupier’s actions as childish in some regards since time spent venting could be used in constructive job hunting. There was such a case that worked for a protester with the one percent that became an employee of the Wall Street 99 per cent through an act of faith and action. She carried a “Job Wanted” poster while protesting with copies of her resume ready to pass out. One historical  account of persistence can be found with Winston Churchill and the Brits. When challenged by the Nazi’s in 1940;  persistence, faith and action paid off.  Churchill’s speeches that included phases such as, “…we shall never surrender…” brought courage to the weary population to fight on.  A famous American used the 1895 speech at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition in Atlanta to promote persistence and courage.  Booker T. Washington has been criticized for offering a transition plan for peaceful racial relations forty years following the Emancipation Proclamation that announced freedom of the slaves. Yet, there is some wisdom in his declaration, ” … cast down your buckets where you are…”  Only one media occupier of Wall Street demonstrated such wisdom and secured a job.  Why not more successes? One’s knowledge of history can make a difference when faith and action are used jointly. “Faith without works is dead,” says the Bible. In essence, there may have been faith present for the other occupiers, but without  proper action. The winning occupier cast down her bucket where she was and found “pacifying water” in a job.  The object of this essay is relate how faith and action used constructively can bring transforming results. One member of the Wall Street discontent used a poster requesting a job, passed out a resume;  received an interview and a full- time job.

Similar actions were used in 1906 at Tuskegee Institute (now University) to transform the hostile racial environment for blacks in the Jim Crow south and north. This historical experience is expressed in a coming movie by DreamWorks and The Lizzie Wilkerson Foundation, Inc. called, Freedom Bound University. The undistinguished dots of history have been connected for educatiuon and entertainment. Americans need to know how history has defined us; not only broad brush media.  Fictional entertainment dominates the market. Now, it is time our country increase awareness of the historical American DNA that has blessed us to survive for over 200 years as a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. Regional mob rule did exist during this era of lynchings and white led race riots in some cities as an expression of white backlash.  The small nucleus of leaders in Tuskegee created a new model for well-being and national progress. What was it like? Come see the world-class film and hear the rest of the story about American identity. This project has the potential to become a classic for human relations reference for each generation.  We need more investments in similar models which will preserve our rich, fragmented history in a permanent media format for future access.  See you at the movie soon!

Forensics Would be King

Forgotten or omitted history communicates more truth than today’s “broad brush” media. Unfortunately, today’s media has a “story” about what happened in the past rather than what happened. What is needed are forensic historians and researchers. Most readers probably have not used the word “forensic” in this way. The definition given for forensic is, “the application of scientific methods and techniques  to investigate a crime; used in connection with the detection of crimes.”  Well, when the truth is sacrificed, purposely or accidentally, a gross crime has been committed. The death of the Truth can destroy an entire culture. Germany in 1933, elected someone who concealed the Truth and the nation paid a mortal price twelve years later with the destruction of most of the country.   We have a story in our culture that says that George Washington never told a lie.  Was that expressed because he was a great admired leader and first president of the United States? Was it an attempt to send a message to our children to model their lives after him? Well, we know today as adults that story was like the Santa Claus tale we believed as children. Later, we discovered the truth- daddy was the Santa and momma was the Claus. Forensic history cannot be sustained with such inaccuracy. Our culture has tolerated folly even when our sustainability relies on truth and accuracy.

Freedom Bound University : Coming Movie is designed to reach back into history and bring forensic accuracy to our American history experience. For example, just as many perceptions are vague  about  what happened at Yorktown, Va. to defeat the British General Cornwallis for the birth of America, most Americans know little about the 1906 Tuskegee diversity model for human relations. This unique model challenged the status-quo of Jim Crow prejudice, bigotry and racism when all were being express frequently through lynchings and white mob led race riots. Perceptions are subject to be altered when the rest of the American story is told in the coming movie. See you there!

Silent Partners of History Matter

American history has many examples where silent partnerships sought to achieve common or uncommon goals. Even during the less desirable periods of slavery and discrimination, there were examples of common goals of accomplished; though partnership was unintended.  The fire sale for the territory known as the Louisiana Purchase came as a result of a partnership of 500,000 determined and rebellious Haitian slaves to challenge the French status-quo.  The vast production of 60 per cent of the world’s sugar demand in 1802 was the world’s largest.  This transformation caused Napoleon to offer the French territory west of the Mississippi for a sum of $15,000,000 or .02 cents per acre. French control of the region dated from 1682. This huge acreage contains 14 states of the United States west of the Mississippi. The sale was needed to create cash flow to finance France’s wars in Europe. Without the participati0n of  partnership in Haiti in 1802, what would be the size of the United States today?

Shortly after America’s purchase of this vast territory, it was York, William Clark’ s slave, (Meriwether Lewis and William Clark) that was the handyman that carried out the details of  the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804-1806.  The forty man, one woman expedition requested by President Thomas Jefferson spent two years travel west of the Mississippi River and offered many surprises and rewards. It was York who bonded with the unknown Indian tribes, saved Clark from drowning in a swift river current, and hunted successfully for game in unknown territories to feed the team. Yet, following the festive return to St. Louis, Mo., all the participants were rewarded except York. He still remained a slave after his skillful support of the mission and passionate request for his freedom.

America’s freedom was threatened by the war of 1812  and produced another example of American partnership. Andrew Jackson’s defense of Louisana against the British, used approximately 500 free black sailors with a total of 6,000 fighting to prevent invasion.  Black saliors contributed to impressive victories. Further north, near Canada, a black regiment faught and won the battle of Queenton Heights and consisted of about 10-20% of  the sailors that faught in the Great Lakes against the Britsh.

Almost 50 years later, the 1860 presidential election victory by the new Republican party candidate, Abraham Lincoln, increased the tensions between the north and the south. Lincoln’s adamant stand against slavery infuriated the eleven southern states and provoked them to succeed from the United States. War was declared by the Rebels who commenced firing on South Carolina’s Fort Sumner with cannons. The issue was the same as when Presidnent Lincoln articulated that a nation could not continue to exist half slave and half free. Free labor was worshipped by the south while the skills of the  industrial revolution in the north were prevalent. Where the 1787 U.S. Constitution failed to address the slavery issue on the mainland, it required the loss of over 620,000 lives in war and the 1863 Emancipation Proclaimation to start to eradicate this 250 years – old cancer from this nation’s fabric. Later, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments were added to abolish slavery, grant citizenship and voting rights. Yet, partnership prevailed as colored troops enlisted and displayed bravery at the battles of Fort Wagner and  Port Hudson to ultimately defeat the south. Both sons of the famous abolitionist, Fredrick Douglas, served with honor.

Such honor traveled Westward when expansion continued following the war and produced a need for security for the wagon trains, mail routes, homesteaders and railroads. The honorable military service of colored troops created a position for continual military service demands. U. S. Congress created special calvary and infantry branches for the talent former slaves and freemen. The ninth and tenth calvary; The 24th and 25th infantry made their mark for service during the Indian wars for security of railroads and maintenance of communications lines. The respect gained from fierce battles with the Cheyenne Indians earned them name of the Buffalo Soldiers. The name is still respected today.

Following three decades of  fighting on the plains and other western teritories, a call came from Cuba to assist the Cubans to resist the imposition of Spain’s forced suppression. In 1898, the Buffalo Soldiers and Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders volunteered to support Cuba’s rebels following an order from President McKinley. Capture of San Jaun Hill was a memorable victory for the American forces when the American flag was planted on the hill by a Buffalo Soldier. Silent partnership was demonstrated again to quell the violence south of our boarder.

The 20th century was silent too; and without national press coverage. Despite the increase of racial violence through white mobs precipitating riots and lynchings throughout the nation, partnership expressions prevailed. Tuskegee, Alabama created a new model for the region and the nation to observe and practice. This new model shall be a coming film called, Freedom Bound University.  The powerful characters that made a difference are featured to send a clear message to America today. “Three treads are better than one.” This proverb was true then and now. Find some common ground with another to produce the extraordinary rather than the ordinary. See you at the movie.

Trivia History about Freedom Bound University

A knowledge of history can enhance one’s understanding of the present and the past. The coming movie has first-time connected, historical dots to enhance the impact of the events featured in the movie. The period in history is 1906 in an Alabama town called Tuskegee; the same location where the previous Tuskegee Airmen movie was made.  Here are some trivia questions for your study, awareness and insight:

  1.  What American president gave the 1905 commencement speech?
  2.  What famous scientist and former slave from Missouri taught there?
  3.  What famous college president dined with President T. Roosevelt in 1901 at the  White House and caused a national uproar?
  4. What university earned income from manufacturing and selling bricks for self-sufficiency?
  5. What former slave started a new school for the education of former slaves?
  6. What Philanthrophist gave $600,000 to the institution for an endowment after his gift of a library?
  7. What Sears president served on the board of trustees for the Alabama school; managed and established over 5,000 smaller, model schools in the Southeastern United States?
  8. What well-known poet and writer visited and offered support to Tuskegee Institute?
  9. What Quaker woman gave $1,000,000 for establishment of smaller, rural community schools for students” personal growth and development ?
  10. What Harvard president served as advisor and supporter to this historic school?

The answers to the above questions shall be in the coming movie- Freedom Bound University. If you need some improvement in your knowledge of this period of American history, make this movie a “must see” for you and your family and friends.