The Art of J. Withers


Hi All, This is Jacqueline Withers,

A great thing happened this year while working on mural number 13 with eighteen (18) students at the Aurora Tech Academy, through the arts and history program, keeping this legacy (of the Tuskegee Airmen) alive. First I would like to thank my chapter (Detroit) for all their support in featuring these children and their hard work in The Hawk’s Cry Newsletter.

I have 15 students that want to be pilots. This year the mural was featured on 150 T- Shirts that were worn by participants of the 2nd Annual Super Spelling Bee 2010, honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. The students that worked on the mural are second (2nd) through sixth (6th) grade. The little ones did not want to be left out. The Spelling Bee is huge here (in Denver) and I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that children would be wearing a piece of the mural that represents the Tuskegee Airmen.

This was also shown at the Fox Theater (Denver), Aurora Tech Academy, Eastwind, Faith Christian, Harrison Street, Faith Prep Learning, Little Debbie’s Dreams and Tubman Hilliard Global Academy. I would like to thank Michael Glover for all of his hard work as Photographer and the Denver Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Lt.Col Vorry Moon and Col John Smith. Even though times are hard it does not stop me from doing everything that I can to keep this history, past and present, alive through the youths. The Take Flight project is surely taking flight. I thank God for the gift and for being a part of a great chapter.

Thank you so much Detroit Chapter, I have been quite busy with school and trying to keep these children positive. We are also getting ready to do a short educational film on aviation. These children have at least 20 hours in it already. I will send you a copy of the video. It will be honoring the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. My goal is to submit this to some film festivals. There will be four parts to it. I will mail the chapter a t- shirt so it can be a part of our history and the Airmen their can sign it and may be put it in the museum. I will have the children sign it as well.

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Jacqueline Withers