RED TAIL ANGELS WEBSITE
RED TAIL ANGELS WEBSITE
"OUR AIRMEN CONSIDERED THEMSELVES PIONEERS
IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD"
My name is Derrick Douglass, Creative Director at DerrickDouglassDesigns. Because I’m a passionate, professional graphic and web designer, each day Derrick Douglass Designs creates, and develops, strong and unique brands for my clients.
I earned a Graphic Design certificate from Montgomery College, Marketing MBA
degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Computer Science degree from
Based near Washington, District of Columbia, I am in love with my vibrant, creative adopted home. My family, volunteer work and exercising helps me to remain sane
My Red Tail Angels Tribute website was initially conceived to satisfy the final project requirement for a website programming class I took at Montgomery College. The movie trailer for Red Tails, a George Lucas biopic, may have planted the seed in my mind.
In 1995, I saw the movie The Tuskegee Airmen starring Lawrence Fishburne. That movie formed the basis of what I knew about the Red Tail Angels. Like most Americans, I knew little about the facts surrounding role they played in America’s rich history.
Researching the airmen’s story was a joy. Part of my research included a visit to the Smithsonian Institute’s Black Wings exhibit. As if it were meant to be, on the day I visited the Museum George Norfleet, the author of A Pilot’s Journey: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman, was there and I had the opportunity to speak to him about the book. This book provides a glimpse into Curtis Christopher Robinson’s life as a Tuskegee Airman, which I found to be inspiring.
Also, while attending REAL LIFE RED TAILS: A Conversation with Living Legends - Tuskegee Airmen, I had the pleasure to hear Floyd Collins, a real-life Tuskegee Airman, recount his heroic stories, which I detail on the Red Tails Fly into Montgomery College Page of this website.
As my research progressed and I dove deeper into the stories of these amazing men, they mesmerized me as each day passed. I was struck by the strength and tenacity they exhibited to overcame rampant racism to help the allies win the war. The Red Tail Angels has strengthened the pride I have for the accomplishments of my African-American ancestors.
Because of their achievements, and all they’ve accomplished, I have gained the courage to be bold, to take risks and to achieve my own personal goals. Their sacrifices and determination, helped to pave the way for Barack Obama to become President of the United States of America, arguably the world’s most powerful country.
Special thanks to Elizabeth Kligge at S & E Creative Solutions for editing the site.