The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military organization in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. In 1938, with Europe teetering on the brink of another great war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the expansion of the civilian pilot training program.
As the program ramped up, black newspapers like the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier joined civil rights groups like the NAACP in arguing that Black Americans be included. In September 1940, President Roosevelt responded by announcing that the AAC would soon begin training black pilots.
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