Celebrating Black History Month

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Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Port St. Joe Elementary School’s John Nolan Treglown summarized what he and his class had learned crafting a project to celebrate notable figures in the African-American history.

“It would be really hard to be judged not by your skills but by the color of your skin,” said the mature-beyond-his years sixth-grader.

Treglown and classmate Lauren Tomlinson and the rest of their class put together a poster of the Red Tails, a noted Army Air Force division memorialized in a major motion picture several years ago.

They were noted for the red tails they painted on their planes and for overcoming discrimination to become a fighting force of distinction during World War II.

“We were learning about them in class anyway,” Treglown said. “We learned that the Red Tails were the first African-American flying division and they didn’t have very good planes because people wanted to shut them down.”

Tomlinson picked up the tale, “Due to discrimination people wanted to shut them down because they didn’t think black people should be in the Army. Even the whites didn’t want them.

“What we learned is that people in the Army should fight together, regardless of the color of their skin.”

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