Red Tails Movie Premier Event to Feature Former Tuskegee Airman Member | Events
Over 350 members of the Corinthian Baptist Church of Des Moines are coming together this week to watch the premier of the new movie Red Tails. The movie follows the story of World War II African-American fighter pilots called “Tuskegee Airmen.” These bomber pilots were fighting two wars – one for the United States and that of discrimination within the U.S. armed forces during that time period.
This particular event is special however, because among the members is former Tuskegee Airman Dr. Jim Bowman who is now 88 years old. Bowman joined the U.S. Army in 1943 at Camp Dodge, Iowa. After his basic training in Mississippi, he joined the Tuskegee Airmen in 1945.
“We couldn’t just be good, we had to be great,” said Bowman about the Tuskegee Airmen in a press release to Channel 13. “We had to prove that not only could we fly as good as everybody else but we could excel. I believe we did that.”
Bowman returned to Des Moines after his service and attended Drake University. He is one of the founding members of the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center’s board of directors. He also served as a teacher and assistant superintendent of schools in the Des Moines educational system.
The movie premier will take place at 6:30 pm at Century Theatre in Jordan Creek Town Center, West Des Moines. Three hundred and fifty tickets out of five hundred for the first show were saved for members of the Corinthian Baptist Church.