Willie Robinson presented Tuskegee: The Untold Story on February 25, 2018, which highlighted the aviatrix, Willa Beatrice Brown and activist, Mamie Till-Mobley.
The presentation began with Mr. Robinson welcoming his audience to a never before seen program, packed with groundbreaking historical information. The program opened with an introduction to the early African American aviation pioneers, who would later birth the Tuskegee Airmen. By introducing trailblazers such as Cornelius Coffey and John C. Robinson, Mr. Robinson underlined one of his primary speaking points that all it takes is ordinary people with extraordinary dreams.
Mr. Robinson highlighted the ingenuity, tenacity, and dreams of the founders of the Tuskegee Airmen prior to spotlighting Willa Beatrice Brown, the first African American woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license in the United States. In recognizing the work of Brown, Mr. Robinson expressed how invaluable her expertise and service was to the Tuskegee Airmen. He also mentioned history’s habit of understating her role in molding the men and women who would later serve in World War II.
Following his spotlight of Brown, the aviatrix, Mr. Robinson featured the activist, Mamie Till-Mobley, whom many know as the mother of Emmett Till. In his presentation, Mr. Robinson correlated Till-Mobley to the Tuskegee Airmen, deepening the story of America’s first black military aviators.
Towards the conclusion of his presentation, one audience member stated that they had “learned more within those hours than they had learned in a lifetime.”
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