You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airman

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airman

By Carole Boston Weatherford

New York:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Grades 6 and Up   80 Pages.

The Tuskegee Airman is a group of courageous group of African-American young men who dreamed about flying and being WWII bomber pilots and fighting the Nazi’s in Germany.  Little did they know their biggest fight would be overcoming the discrimination on becoming pilots and then serving during WWII.

This book written in verse is a quick read but packed with great information about the courage, struggles and overcoming obstacles not by just the Tuskegee airman but by other great African-Americans:

Booker T. Washington

George Washington Carver

Della “Maw” Raney–nurseyou-can-fly-9781481449380_lg

Lena Horne–entertainer

Herbert Jeffries–entertainer

Dorie Miller—at Pearl Harbor—not trained manned an

.50-caliber antiaircraft gun—awarded Navy Cross

Joe Louis—boxer, won Golden Glove as amateur

William Henry Hastie—lawyer then first on the federal


And others!

This book has an authors note, timeline and additional resources in the back of the book!

Loved, loved this book!


We might even ask ourselves has our world changed?  Is discrimination a current issue—cite some examples.


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