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–nurse
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
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.