March 22nd Tuskegee, Alabama
Today we traveled to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center. At these sites, I learned a lot about the Tuskegee Airmen and the struggles they faced to fight for their country. The Tuskegee Airmen flew fighter pilots in WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen were unique in that they faced a two-front battle. On one hand the Tuskegee airmen had to fight the Axis powers and fascism in Europe, and on the other they had to fight the U.S gov’t and racism at home. As a result of their brave actions U.S president Harry Truman signed executive order 9981 in 1948 which desegregated the U.S military. Our group also visited the Oaks and George Washington Carver Museum. After that, our group visited Tuskegee University where we had lunch, explored the campus, and visited Booker T. Washington’s home. I learned a lot of great things about Booker T. Washington such as the fact that he founded Tuskegee University and that he was one of the last people Frederick Douglass visited before his death. Today I learned a lot about the city of Tuskegee and how it helped to develop African American leaders such as Ralph Ellison and Rosa Parks.