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The Legacy

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that blacks lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America to
the best of his ability.

The Need

According to a recent Brookings Institute study, the majority of economically disadvantaged African-Americans will remain so and a large plurality of middle class African-Americans will see their economic prospects decline over their lifetimes. Recent conflicts in Ferguson, Baltimore and other cities indicate significant levels of frustration, anger and despair.

Meanwhile, a recent Boeing Pilot and Technical Market Outlook forecasts nearly half a million new commercial airline pilots will be needed to fly all the new airplanes entering the world fleet over the next 20 years.

The Opportunity

Build a premier aviation youth outreach program to enable at-risk youth to obtain pilot’s licenses and start on an aviation career path. Such an effort can be accomplished through supporting the Flight Training, Life Skills, Leadership Development and Educational Assistance programs of Tuskegee NEXT.

Honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee NEXT transforms the lives of at-risk youth through aviation education and career path opportunities, so they can transform their communities and the future of the skies.