The Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter
Irene Trowell-Harris and Dennis Lowery book
More Than a Decade of Mentoring
Background information on the Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws[N 1] and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. All black military pilots who trained in the United States trained at Moton Field, the Tuskegee Army Air Field.
"Your Goals Are Within Your Reach"
The major goals of the Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is first and foremost to promote the interest and honor the memory of the men and the women who served in the Army Air Corp at Tuskegee Alabama during the 1940's. Our chapter will accomplish this by promoting the Tuskegee Airmen at various functions throughout the year, and also in our everyday activities as chapter members. In doing so, we will teach the aspiration, frustrations and successes of these pioneering men and women in the United States Army Air Corp at Tuskegee, Alabama. We will strive to keep their legacy alive.
As a Chapter, we will continue to provide financial assistance to the National Scholarship fund and the Historical Museum Fund. Also, we will continue our Major General Irene Trowell-Harris chapter Tuition Assistance Dinner Dance to support our local college-bound students. Additionally we plan to become one of the leading Tuskegee Airmen chapters providing positive, successful, energetic and ambitious mentors to young men and women.
Our Chapter will take an active role in the community. We realize that our local community must be involved in our progress and so we will actively recruit them to the organization. We will do so by asking for their involvement both physically and financially. In order for the Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter to be viable, we must incorporate the community in our leadership and membership.
The chapter seeks to develop and implement a pilot enrichment program where students of any age group might be provided a way into the world of aviation. We want to expose young students to aviation, whether as pilots, mechanics or engineers. We will provide the discipline, knowledge and the mentors needed to broaden their knowledge in aviation. This will bring great credit to an organization that strives for excellence. These are some of the goals of the Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter. They are consistent with that of the of the National Organization of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.