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Students celebrate Black History month w/ Tuskegee Airmen

February 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
In celebration of Black History month, some 3,000 students from more than a dozen local inner city schools headed to an AMC theatre for a showing of "Red Tails," a movie based on the lives of African American Tuskegee Airmen pilots.

But what made this field trip even more special was an appearance by the film's actors and real Tuskegee Airmen, who showed up to meet the kids.

"It was really hard to get through those times, and it was brave for them to go through that stuff and be alive to come here and talk to us children today," said student Darrien Price.

The outing is courtesy of Variety Children's Charity and organized by community activist Wini Jackson.

"Kicking off Black History month, I really couldn't do any better, because they are living, they are living and the children can shake their hands and talk to them and they can speak pearls into these children," Jackson said.

Among those pearls came advice from the legendary heroes and the young actors who portrayed them.

"Education is the key," said Airman Levi Thornhill. "Pay attention. If you got that, you don't have to worry, you'll never go hungry."

Many of students seemed to pick up on those messages, walking away from the theatre with life lessons about justice, hard work and pursuing one's dreams.

"I used to be a person who to thought I couldn't achieve things but i see that people acheive things no matter what. it doesn't matter where you come from or what color you are or the race," said eighth grader Maria Hernandez.