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Author Perez, Severo.

Title Willa Beatrice Brown : an American aviator / by Severo Perez
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (28 min.)
Series American history in video
American history in video.
Summary Willa Beatrice Brown, the first African- American woman in the U.S. to be a licensed pilot, earned her license in 1937. She and her husband, Cornelius Coffey, founded a fully accredited flying school at Harlem Airfield, near Chicago. The school provided basic through advanced mechanic training and flight instruction for thousands of men and women, both black and white. Willa became a founding member of the National Airmen s Association of America, whose purpose was to lobby Congress for the racial integration of the US Army Air Corps. Her efforts were responsible for Congress creation of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen, leading to the integration of the U.S. military service in 1948. Despite her many accomplishments, few people have heard of Willa Brown. This documentary tells her story and that of African- American aviation before World War II, highlighting the contributions of the many extraordinary individuals who shaped civil rights history. The program also includes rare interviews with some of the actual participants
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For High School; College; Adult audiences
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Brown, Willa, 1906-1992.
African American women air pilots -- Biography.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video