The following blog post was co-written by Rachel Barry and Karen Price-Ward.
Southwest Airlines has proudly partnered with the Tuskegee Airmen on the Continuing the Legacy program for more than 10 years. Through this impactful program, Southwest has had the honor of connecting diverse students with a dream of an aviation career to the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen demonstrated courage not only in their heroic service to the United States but also in their determination to break the color barrier for military pilots.
The Tuskegee Airmen and Southwest Airlines Employees have volunteered side-by-side to show young students the opportunities available to them in aviation and encourage them to follow their dreams. Now, the Tuskegee Airmen are "passing the torch" to Southwest Employees who are eager to continue their legacy and share their powerful stories with young students.
This Black History Month, we're proud to honor the past and focus on continuing to positively impact the future.