Tuskegee Airmen Chief Civilian flight instructor Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson,
Commercial airline pilot Stephanie R. Grant,
Animator and Disney legend Floyd Norman,AND
Physician and activist Dr. Myiesha Taylor, will be presented as part of Disney|ABC Television Group’s “Be Inspired”interstitial series during Black History Month on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.
We could not be happier that this moment has finally come!
The initiative began on Wednesday 1 February with the story of acclaimed African-American pilot Charles Alfred “Chief”Anderson Sr., known as the “Father of Black Aviation” for his brave and innovative leadership as Chief Civilian Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. The story originates from the Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, California, and includes the museum’s founder and executive director Robin Petgrave, Ted Lumpkin of the Tuskegee Airmen 100th Fighter Squadron, and Kimberly Anyadike, the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane across the United States.
On Wednesday 8 February, Doc McStuffins, the title character from the acclaimed animated series, introduces notable women and men in a series of to be presented on Disney Junior. This includes Stephanie R. Grant, a pilot who led the first all-female African-American flight crew to operate a commercial airliner; Disney legend Floyd Norman, one of the first African-American animators at Walt Disney Studios during the 1950s; and Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an emergency doctor and founder of the Artemis Medical Society, an organization comprised of over 4700 women physicians of color from around the world.
Throughout Black History Month, Disney Channel will also present segments that pay tribute to notable African-Americans who have influenced and inspired kids and families including Martin Luther King Jr., former President Barack Obama, Jackie Robinson, Maya Angelou, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Daniels, Viola Davis and more. Among the featured segments is the story of“Descendants”star Cameron Boyce and his personal connection to “The Clinton 12,”the historical African-American teens who were first to integrate a public school in the South in 1956. Among “The Clinton 12,” was Boyce’s grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce.
Tell a friend, tell your parents, grandparents, even tell Becky at work that Disney is celebrating BLACK HISTORY MONTH!