HONORING OUR PAST: OLIVER GOODALL & TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1 pm
2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Lt. O. Oliver Goodall. He lived in the house I currently reside for more than 50 years. Over the course of his life, Lt. Goodall made a powerful impact in his adopted community of Altadena and Pasadena, in addition to contributing to elevating the dignity and civil rights of African-Americans in this country.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American soldiers to complete their training at Tuskegee Institute and enter the Army Air Corps. Almost 1000 aviators were produced as America’s first African American military pilots.
As a World War II officer and Tuskegee airman, Mr. Goodall joined his fellow officers by participating in The Freeman Field Mutiny. From Wikipedia:
“The Freeman Field mutiny was a series of incidents at Freeman Army Airfield, a United States Army Air Forces base near Seymour, Indiana, in 1945 in which African American members of the 477th Bombardment Group attempted to integrate an all-white officers' club. The mutiny resulted in 162 separate arrests of black officers, some of them twice. Three were court-martialed on relatively minor charges. One was convicted. In 1995, the Air Force officially vindicated the actions of the African-American officers, set aside the single court-martial conviction and removed letters of reprimand from the permanent files of 15 of the officers. The mutiny is generally regarded by historians of the Civil Rights Movement as an important step toward full integration of the armed forces and as a model for later efforts to integrate public facilities through civil disobedience.”
In his obituary in the Pasadena Star-News, his grandson Tony Goodall, said his grandfather believed in “helping the ones that come after you.” And that is what we are doing. In conjunction with Black History month, a group of local community members under the name The Oliver Goodall Project will be honoring and paying tribute to Lt. Goodall and the Tuskegee Airmen with a permanent plaque on the private property of his former residence. The event will feature speakers, live music, and food and drink to mark this occasion.
Photo: Dee Siffer
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