The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is hosting its unique traveling exhibit, “Rise Above,” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day which began on Wednesday, April 19 until today, at the George Melcher Elementary school, which is located at 3958 Chelsea Ave.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s program brings the inspirational history of the Tuskegee Airmen alive and out of the textbooks. “Rise Above” is a unique way to experience the inspiring story of America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. This traveling exhibit is a fully functional, 53-foot mobile movie theater featuring the original panoramic film, “Rise Above,” and designed to take the audience on a journey through time and through the air.
The theater’s dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen creates the sensation of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen. It’s much more than a history lesson; the Tuskegee Airmen’s ability to triumph over adversity serves as a means to inspire others to rise above obstacles in their own lives and achieve their goals.
Student groups that attend a showing will receive a free CAF Red Tail Squadron inspiration dog tag featuring their six guiding principles: Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready to Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win. The CAF Red Tail Squadron’s visit to Melcher Elementary is made possible by Trice Education Resources, Inc., Bob Sight, Inc. dealership and Adams Point Conference center. The organization of the event was made possible through a partnership with Friendship Baptist Church’s Adopt-A-School Ministry.
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Mayor Sly James is shown speaking to a crowd at the St. Mark Child and Family Development center on Thursday, April 20, during the release of the Anti-Violence Commission report. Shown in the photo from left to right, are City Councilwoman Alissa Canady; Ms. Diedra Anderson, executive director of United Inner City Services and City Councilwoman Jolie Justus. — CALL photo by Rexx Purefoy
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History was recently made when Ms. Bonnaye Mims was elected to the Raytown Ward 5 Alderman seat. When sworn in on April 18, she will be the First African American elected to serve on the Board.
“The voters of Raytown have put their faith in me to represent their interests in our City. I am committed to zealously ensuring the people of Raytown have a voice at City Hall,” Ms. Mims said.
“It is humbling to be empowered by the voters to fight for their concerns,” continued Alderman Elect Mims.
Ms. Mims’ election represents a historic moment in the City’s history as the first minority person of color to be elected to the Board. When asked about the historical nature of her election as the first African American to be elected to the Raytown Board of Alderman, Mims simply said, “Diversity helps form stronger decisions and reflects the mirror image of the City I am proud to call home.”
A former two term Missouri State Representative and an almost 20-year veteran of the Hickman Mills School Board, Ms. Mims brings experience and leadership to the Board of Alderman that will elevate the governance of Raytown.
She has a strong expertise in budgeting from her elected public service which will be called upon immediately as the City grapples with the fiscal challenges of balancing the priorities of providing essentially City services to the citizens.
Alderman Elect Mims concluded, “Throughout my career in government I have always been committed to constituent services and maximizing the value of the taxpayers’ dollars invested for the return of services they receive.”
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