Double struggle



Audiences also got a chance to see a Lucasfilm companion documentary on the airmen, “Double Victory.” It is narrated by Gooding and features interviews with Tuskegee Airmen intermixed with wartime footage. It details the racism in the armed services such as a 1925 military report that characterized blacks as lazy, mentally inferior and incapable of becoming pilots. In essence, the airmen fought to prevail against the racism and tyranny stemming from at home and abroad hence the term Double Victory.

The formation of the Tuskegee Airmen was actually considered an experiment that some hoped would quickly fail. However, the airmen prevailed and proved to be not only capable but heroic pilots during more than 15,000 missions.

“In the air, there’s no black or white. You’re a pilot,” said airman Lt. Roger “Bill” Terry in the film.

During remarks before the documentary, Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University's sixth president, gave a brief history lesson on the airmen and told the audience that the university will continue their legacy with new programs for training pilots, air traffic controllers and aerospace engineers.

 “They have set the standard to the degree of courageousness that we all aspire to,” Rochon said. “We want to make sure that ‘Double Victory’ is not a slogan, but a reality.”

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