The History(R) Channel Announces “Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage” Executive Produced and Narrated by “Good Morning America” Anchor Robin Roberts
The special – due on Wednesday, February 10 – explores the history, legacy and impact of America’s first Black military pilots and how their significant contributions to this country inspired the next generation of activists and leaders pushing for racial equality and civic change.
[via press release from History]
THE HISTORY(R) CHANNEL ANNOUNCES “TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: LEGACY OF COURAGE” EXECUTIVE PRODUCED AND NARRATED BY ‘GOOD MORNING AMERICA’ ANCHOR ROBIN ROBERTS CELEBRATING THE HEROISM, LEGACY AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF AMERICA’S FIRST BLACK MILITARY PILOTS
ONE-HOUR DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 8PM ET/PT
Network Launches ‘Save Our History’ Campaign to Celebrate Everyday Heroes Who Contributed to Black History Both Past and Present
New York, NY – January 28, 2021 – The HISTORY(R) Channel announces its new one-hour documentary, “Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage,” executive produced and narrated by “Good Morning America” Anchor, Robin Roberts, premiering on Wednesday, February 10 at 8PM ET/PT. The special explores the history, legacy and impact of America’s first Black military pilots and how their significant contributions to this country inspired the next generation of activists and leaders pushing for racial equality and civic change. Featuring archival footage, and personal anecdotes from Roberts, whose father was a Tuskegee Airman, this powerful documentary will shine a light on the incredible men who sacrificed their lives despite all odds stacked against them.
“The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is one that I hold extremely close to my heart, and I am thrilled to partner with The HISTORY(R) Channel to tell their stories,” said Roberts. “My father, Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts, was a Tuskegee Airman, and their service helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement and contributed to the end of segregation in the military.”
In the summer of 1941, the nation’s very first class of Black fighter pilots began their training at the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama. Later, their extreme sacrifice and historic achievements would inspire great change and encourage the eventual desegregation of the United States armed forces. “Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage” takes viewers on a historical journey into this legendary group of military pilots and highlights their courage, grit, and determination. The special features found and exclusive footage, imagery and commentary from notable figures such as Tuskegee Airman Fighter Pilot General Charles McGee, Lt. Colonel James Harvey, the late Franklin J. Macon, activist Tamika Mallory, Reverend Al Sharpton, and actors Elijah Kelley (Red Tails) and Tristan Wilds (Red Tails).
Additionally, in celebration of Black History Month, The HISTORY(R) Channel will launch on February 1 a special extension of its award-winning “Save Our History” campaign by spotlighting everyday heroes whose contributions have impacted our communities and helped shape Black history. Family photos and videos are some of the most meaningful ways people connect to history and the network is calling on viewers to share their own piece of family history – no matter how big or small. Whether it be a grandfather who participated in the civil rights movement or served in the U.S. military, or an aunt who went to a famous concert that shaped Black culture, or helped desegregate our nation, everyday Americans forged change. Viewers are encouraged to upload a photo or video to Instagram or Twitter using #SaveOurHistory @HISTORY and The HISTORY Channel will help tell these stories and preserve this content for future generations. Several stories will be chosen to be featured on the network’s linear and social media platforms throughout February and beyond. Roberts will kick off the campaign by sharing her personal story about her history hero – her father – who served during WWII as a Tuskegee Airman. “Save Our History” is The HISTORY Channel’s ongoing public outreach campaign dedicated to preserving history and to date has helped preserve historic sites and stories nationwide.
“Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage” is produced for The HISTORY(R) Channel by Rock’n Robin Productions. Robin Roberts and John R. Green serve as executive producers for Rock’n Robin Productions. Reni Calister is co-Executive Producer. Mary E. Donahue serves as executive producer for The HISTORY(R) Channel.
About the HISTORY(R) Channel
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