Delaware Tech to host free screening of 'Red Tails' Feb. 28

Film depicts story of Tuskegee Airmen
February 15, 2013
Brigadier Gen. Ernest G. Talbert SOURCE SUBMITTED

In celebration of Black History Month, Delaware Tech in Georgetown invites its students, employees and members of the community to a free screening of the movie “Red Tails,” a film profiling the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the theater of the Arts and Science Center on campus.

Brigadier Gen. Ernest G. Talbert, who retired as chief of staff, Headquarters, Delaware National Guard in 2009, will introduce the film. Talbert was the first African-American to attain the rank of colonel and to become a general in the Delaware Air National Guard. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit and the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross. Talbert is a command pilot with more than 6,500 hours spent flying various military aircraft.

The movie “Red Tails” features Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, who lead an ensemble cast in a movie inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. In 1944 in Italy, as the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen is finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky...even as they battle discrimination on the ground. "Red Tails" has been called “a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.”

For more information call Christine Gillan at 302-858-5475.