Airline marks Black History Month with photographic exhibit
on Monday,February 23,2009 22:02
As part of the Black History month celebration, the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum is holding a photo exhibit which chronicles the contributions of African-American employees of the company.
The Forth Worth, Texas, exhibit features African-American cockpit and cabin crews, as well as celebrity passengers who have flown with the airline during its nearly 80-year history.
Some of the highlights include photos of Dave Harris, the first black pilot to fly for a major airline, and Joan Dorsey, the first black flight attendant. Among the celebrities whose travels with the airline have been documented, visitors can admire Sammy Davis, Jackie Robinson and Eartha Kitt.
In addition to that, on February 28 the museum will play the Tuskegee Airmen, a movie starring Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Malcolm Jamal Warner. Following that screening, Nightfighters: the True Story of the 332nd Fighter Group, a 52-minute documentary produced by Xenon Pictures, will be shown.
The exhibit will be on display until the end of February. Both movies will be available to museum visitors at no additional charge.
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection form one of the biggest airlines in the world, serving 250 cities in 40 countries with an average of 3,400 flights each day.
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