On Dr. King’s Birthday, The Fly Jock Tom Joyner Salutes The Tuskegee Airmen

Media Personality Tom Joyner gives MLK Day Convocation at will Tuskegee University & Host Special Screening of “”, George Lucas’ Epic on Tuskegee Airmen

(DALLAS – January 16th, 2012) Tom Joyner, the top rated nationally syndicated morning radio show presented Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation at his alma mater, Tuskegee University, Monday, January 16.

Immediately after doing The Tom Joyner Morning Show from 6 AM to 10 AM ET, Joyner flew to Tuskegee, Alabama, made a speech that saluted Dr. King and the Tuskegee airmen, and then joined several leaders hosting a special screening and panel discussion of “Red Tails,”  George Lucas’ new movie based on the legendary accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.  Joyner’s dad, Hercules, was part of the Tuskegee Airmen program, and his mother worked in the airmen’s office.

Joyner’s childhood buddy from Tuskegee and R&B legend Lionel Richie, award winning actor Terrence Howard – who stars in the film and Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University’s president were among the participants celebrating King’s birthday and the new movie.

In making his speech Joyner noted ,”I think it’s so fitting that we pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen on Dr. King’s birthday.   Before Dr. King dared to share his dream of a day when Black people and white people were considered equal in this country, a group of black men and women had the audacity to dream…and believe that they could fly.They didn’t stop with the dream though. They put the work in and saw it through.  From their tenacity, a rural air strip  and a flight training program grew into historic Moton Field and an elite all black squadron known as The Tuskegee  Airmen.  The history, mystique, and contributions of the Tuskegee Airman  has been documented in many forms,  museums, books, cable TV movies, and now a through the new feature film ‘Red Tails’.”

The full speech is posted on BlackAmericaweb.com: http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=blog_inner/36228/1573138/The%20Fly%20Jock

Red Tails is an action drama based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American World War II U.S. service members who faced Tom Joyner with Terrence Howardsegregation during the war. They were called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. As the war in Europe continued to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass moved forward with the development of untried and untested African-American pilots in the experimental Tuskegee training program. Against all the odds, the intrepid young airmen took to the skies to fight for their country. The movie stars Academy Award winner, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, NeYo and others. The official release date for the movie is Friday, January 20, 2012.

On Tuesday, Joyner will provide full details of another special event he will host of Atlanta on Friday, January 20 further salutes the Tuskegee Airmen and celebrate the movie, Red Tails.

About the Tom Joyner Morning Show and BlackAmericaweb.com
The nation’s #1 syndicated urban morning show, which airs in more than 105 markets reaching nearly 8 million listeners, has distinguished itself over the years as continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, highly popular promotions, special events and philanthropy.  Since 2004, Joyner has awarded millions in cash and prizes to contest winners and his Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities.  The Tom Joyner Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes, J. Anthony Brown and senior news analyst Roland Martin, also features “Inside Her Story” with Jacque Reid; political commentary from Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; entertainment reports from Kevin Frazier, as well as comedic observations from D.L. Hughley and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown.  Joyner’s website, BlackAmericaWeb.com, has more than 1.5 million registered users.