Red Wing, Minn. – January 16, 2018 – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is the proud sponsor of an annual Tuskegee Airmen Essay Contest for students in grades 4 through 12. Entries can be submitted at any time at redtail.org/tuskegee-airmen-essay-contest, with winners awarded in three grade categories after the conclusion of Black History Month each February. There’s still time to get your entry in to meet this year’s deadline of February 28 for your chance to win and to see your essay published!
Participation is easy. Students, teachers and parents can follow these simple steps:
- Log on to redtail.org and learn about the Tuskegee Airmen through the materials and information contained in the Tuskegee Airmen tab of the website.
- Read about the Six Guiding Principles, based on the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, at org/rise-red-tail/six-guiding-principles/.
- Encourage the student to think critically about how the lessons of these American heroes and civil right pioneers can affect their own lives.
- Write an essay that describes how the Tuskegee Airmen achieved success and explain how you can use the Six Guiding Principles to achieve a goal you have set for yourself. Please refer to the contest guidelines at org/tuskegee-airmen-essay-contest/ for full rules and details.
- Submit your essay online by February 28, 2018.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron created the annual Tuskegee Airmen Essay Contest to help young people gain a greater understanding of this important piece of history, and be positively affected by the Six Guiding Principles, based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen: Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready to Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win.
About the CAF Red Tail Squadron
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is committed to telling the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. RISE ABOVE: Red Tail, their three-fold outreach program, includes an airworthy P-51C Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater. These two exciting and entertaining vehicles tour the country year round with stops at airshows, schools, museums and community events. In addition, the group curates and provides extensive educational resources for students, teachers, youth leaders and anyone looking to learn more and be inspired by these remarkable American trailblazers. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a non-military group that restores and flies combat aircraft to remember the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. Learn more at redtail.org.
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