Chappie, America's First Black Four Star General: The Life and Times of Daniel James, Jr.by J. Alfred Phelps
Chappie and his fellow pilots at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama were among the first blacks anywhere to successfully resist
Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., began his military career as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black aviators fighting discrimination in the segregated South. Years later, he became the first black four-star general in U.S. history.
Chappie and his fellow pilots at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama were among the first blacks anywhere to successfully resist discrimination, risking violent physical abuse and even death. As a result of their courage, the military became committed to equal opportunity years before society in general began to move in that direction.
Chappie was also a man of action, flying over a hundred combat missions in Korea and Vietnam--some of which are described with vivid clarity and unforgettable detail. Never daunted, he even confronted Muammar Khaddafy at the gates of Wheelus Air Force Base in Libya.
Chappie drew inspiration from his family and from the culture to which he was born and raised. These influences are traced in detail, so that the reader is able to understand Chappie James as a complete man. He was a big man and could be hard and intimidating. But he could also be warm and gentle, traits which allowed his love for mankind never to die, no matter how he was provoked.
Readers will come to know a great American, and realize how one person with conviction and courage can effect positive changes.
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