In celebration of National African American History Month, the Office of Public Engagement hosted a screening of the movie “Red Tails.” The movie tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a crew of African- American pilots, who fought during World War II. This movie depicts the heroism and perseverance of the Tuskegee airmen and was most appropriate to show this month as the White House highlights the achievements of African Americans.
The audience included National Junior ROTC students, Joining Forces families and other students from the DC metropolitan area. They listened to remarks by Michael Strautmanis, Valerie Jarrett, Dr. Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama. The special invited guests were three original Tuskegee Airmen, Carl Johnson, Edward Talbert, Stewart Henley.Their presence at this screening was a great opportunity to promote the legacy of the Tuskegee airmen and inspire the next generation of American heroes.
Heather Foster is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.