If you don’t know anything about the “Tuskegee Airmen”, or about what they did for this country, you may be a little bit surprised when you start doing some research or if you go watch this film.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of fighter pilots from World War II who flew in the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group in the U.S. Army Air Corps who gained a great deal of fame due to the (disputed) legend that they never lost a bomber when they were on escort duty…And also for the fact that they were all African Americans who, until the creation of the 332nd, had never been allowed to fly in combat.
The Tuskegee Airmen amassed a very impressive record during their service, by any account (they are now believed to have lost 25 bombers during escort missions which is still an amazing number).
The 1995 film “The Tuskegee Airmen” gave an account of their exploits during the war and now the film “Red Tails” by Lucasfilm picks up the ball and makes a run with it.
As stated in the title, Well Fargo has joined in as an official sponsor of the film, honoring Col. George S. Roberts and Lt. Col. James A. Walker who both worked as personal bankers for Wells Fargo, after the war.
Here’s what their press release has to say:
“It’s an untold story that will inspire and educate many, and hopefully remind us that we are more alike than different,” says Anthony Hemingway, director of Red Tails. “We are thankful that Wells Fargo is taking part in getting this story told.”
Wells Fargo is proud to honor the legacy of two former Tuskegee Airmen who joined the company following their exemplary military careers. Col. George S. Roberts and Lt. Col. James A. Walker worked as personal bankers for Wells Fargo, where they continued their commitment to hard work, dedication and teamwork. As part of a special Black History Month celebration series, Wells Fargo will salute the legacies of both through radio, print and digital advertisements. Exhibits honoring Roberts and Walker will be unveiled at Wells Fargo History Museums across the U.S.
The Red Tails sponsorship created a unique opportunity for the company to support the telling of an important story in U.S. history. Beginning in December 2011, Wells Fargo sponsored several promotional screenings of the film across the country. During the San Francisco screening, community influencers and Wells Fargo team members were joined by members of the Roberts and Walker families.
“As we acknowledge the contributions of African Americans during Black History Month, it’s exciting to celebrate these dynamic servicemen for their bravery in the face of many obstacles,” said Michelle A. Thornhill, senior vice president and African American segment manager for Wells Fargo. “I am personally proud that Wells Fargo shares such a special connection to an extremely significant moment in African American history, and happy that we can work with LucasFilm to tell this story.”
The company also sponsored the red carpet movie premier in New York City, as well as the Tom Joyner Morning Show–Red Tails Sky Show event. During the show, Roberts and Walker were featured as part of the popular “Little Known Black History Fact” segment.
I would recommend everyone get out and watch this film. You’re certain to not only pick up on some important history but also to had a rootin’-tootin’ good time, watching the 332nd blast some dirty Nazis out of the sky!