“IT WAS AN ISLAND, BUT ALSO A FAULT LINE AND A TESTING GROUND FOR ISSUES OF RACE”
Tuskegee University and an integrated VA hospital created an educated black middle class independent of the white plantation belt ruling minority. Conflict was inevitable. Out of the struggle came landmark Supreme Court decisions on voting rights and school desegregation. With both hope and despair along the way.
The Tuskegee Airmen inspired change that met with resistance
State Troopers block school desegregation in 1963
The murder of student activist Sammy Younge was a flashpoint
Tuskegee, Alabama: Living Black & White was drawn significantly from Reaping the Whirlwind by Dr. Robert J. Norrell who was instrumental in the production.
Produced for The University of Alabama Center for Public Television
Regional Emmy Winner / National Broadcast on PBS