Just this past Saturday, Red Tails came on tv as my father was flicking through the channels. Before the station even had a chance to settle, I knew what my dad was going to say. “You know, they really messed up devoting so much time to this Italian woman. A lot of these men had black girlfriends and wives and mothers and sisters back at home. They should have shown those relationships.”
Well… I’m with him when he’s right. There should have been at least one black women in Red Tails. But what can you say? It’s done now.
But just because Red Tails missed its chance to feature black women doesn’t mean that we weren’t a force to be reckoned with during World War II. And I mean a force beyond the emotional support women provided their deployed boyfriends, husbands, sons and brothers. During the war, 600,000 black women worked in war production, military and government service. At a time when Jim Crow reigned, this was no small feat.
In order to honor these women, educator and historian, Gregory S. Cooke, whose mother served as a clerk typist during the war, started working on a documentary, Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II so these women could share their stories.
Check out a clip from the film below.
Now, we know a lot of times when you’re doing important work, it’s going to cost some money, so Cooke has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project.
This definitely seems like a cause worth donating towards. I know I’ve heard very little mentioned of black women helping in the war effort. If you need a bit more of an incentive to donate, donating $25 or more will get you a digital copy of the film. Sounds like a good deal, right? Find out more about the project, Cooke and where you can donate here.