The grandson of slaves, Hickman grew up in St. Louis, and joined the segregated pilot training program in Tuskegee, Ala. in 1943, serving until 1945, according to his Army profile.George Hickman The 84-year-old is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the country’s first black military pilots and ground crew, who fought in World War II. George Hickman passed away in August of 2012 he was alive long enough to see the first black president get sworn in at the inauguration.
This month for Black History we will honor the Tuskegee Airmen… The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability. Those who possessed the physical and mental qualifications were accepted as aviation cadets to be trained initially as single-engine pilots and later to be either twin-engine pilots, navigators or bombardiers. Most were college graduates or undergraduates.
The black airmen who became single-engine or multi-engine pilots were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) in Tuskegee Alabama. The first aviation cadet class began in July 1941 and completed training nine months later in March 1942. Thirteen started in the first class. Five successfully completed the training, one of them being Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., a West Point Academy graduate. The other four were commissioned second lieutenants, and all five received Army Air Corps silver pilot wings. From 1942 through 1946, nine hundred and ninety-two pilots graduated at TAAF, receiving commissions and pilot wings. Black navigators, bombardiers and gunnery crews were trained at selected military bases elsewhere in the United States.
Morning inspiration….Making mistakes is all apart of life but your life lessons will show us how we deal with our mistakes. One thing that rings a bell for me is…if you do it to me once then I cool on you but if you get a chance to do it to me twice then shame on me and that mistake is on me but if you do it to me a third time…then what the hell am I doing that I am just letting this mistake happen over and over again??? Get it together and never make the same mistake twice and if you need it to hit you twice to get your lesson then don’t let it roll around a third time!!!
In the words of iamrennyren…We all make mistakes, but it is what you do after you’ve made the mistake what truly counts. It’s called a subconscious law, never do the same exact thing twice. You have to change something in order to get better results. You wouldn’t keep placing a square peg in a round hole if it didn’t fit the first time, so why do we continue to do that with life. Ask God to guide your steps so you don’t have to stay on repeat, just like a song it gets old after awhile….
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand-Psalms 37:24
Today, I had a conversation with a lady who has a good heart, a great personality and a wonderful spirit about herself but she is stuck between a rock and a hard place. I was inspired to write this post today for all the ladies out there including myself, We have to know our self-worth. We need to understand that if we don’t respect ourselves no one else will. No one can do something to us unless we allow them to do it. One thing I can say about women is we have a huge heart and some times we are not our first priority especially when we have kids, husband, boyfriend and our extended family. I want all of us to start putting ourselves FIRST!!!! Ladies you have to understand that everything in the house starts with us, if we breakdown our house breaks down. That is why it is so important to surround yourself with positive people, a great support system and people who want to see you do better, be better and understand this big picture we call Life.
Self-esteem is a term used to reflect a persons overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgement of oneself as well as an attitude toward thy self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs ( “I am competent”, “I am worthy”) and emotions such as pride and shame. Self-esteem is a disposition that a person has which represents their judgements of their own worthiness.
Ladies know who you are, where you want to be in a relationship, know what you want out of the relationship, and where to draw YOUR lines!!!!!!