Archive for March, 2014

Weather Channel interviews Dan Haulman on Tuskegee Weather Detachment

Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Brian Seidman

The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 by Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels and Daniel HaulmanIn a segment recently featured on The Weather Channel, reporter Paul Goodloe interviewed author and Tuskegee Airmen historian Daniel Haulman about the less-well-known Tuskegee Weather Detachment. Haulman is one of the co-authors of The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949, as well as other books on the Airmen.

Haulman told The Weather Channel that among the duties of the African American detachment was “not only determine what the weather was like at the base and help make sure that the operations at the base were consistent with what the weather allowed, but also helped prepare for the missions. They had to know what the weather was going to be like on the way and what the weather was going to be like on the way back.”

The men who made up the detachment, Goodloe said, had been trained in meteorology and selected for their leadership qualities. Among them was Charles Edward Anderson, who went on to become the first African American to receive a PhD, in meteorology.

“The weather officers,” Haulman said, “like the [Tuskegee Airmen], really were pioneers, because just as the pilots demonstrated that black men could fly military aircraft in combat just as well as the white pilots, the weather officers demonstrated they could perform the meteorological tasks they were called on to do as well as the white officers.”

Watch the full report on the Tuskegee Weather Detachment at the Weather Channel website.

Daniel Haulman is co-author of The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949, available from NewSouth Books, Amazon, or your favorite bookstore.

Other books on the Tuskegee Airmen by Daniel Haulman include Eleven Myths About the Tuskegee Airmen, The Tuskegee Airmen and the “Never Lost a Bomber” Myth, and What Hollywood Got Right and Wrong about the Tuskegee Airmen in the Great New Movie, Red Tails.

Child welfare advocate Denny Abbott tours with new book

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Lisa Harrison

They Had No Voice by Denny AbbottNationally recognized child welfare advocate Denny Abbott brought his story of creating positive change in the juvenile detention system to the campuses of Troy University recently in a series of lectures sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Abbott spoke in Troy, Montgomery, and Dothan about his work on behalf of exploited children, and signed copies of his book They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama’s Forgotten Children.

They Had No Voice chronicles Abbott’s journey from chief probation officer of the Montgomery, Alabama County Family Court to leading advocate for children. As a court official, Abbott witnessed brutal conditions. When he could not change things from within, he sued the state and with the help of the U.S. Justice Department won a resounding victory that brought change. His talks at Troy focused on how others can continue to advocate for improvements.

According to theDothan Eagle, Abbott focused part of his presentation on the continuing need to monitor workers who are in contact with children, saying:

“The more serious issues are those that have been festering for a long time and nobody’s really taken it on or done anything about it, either for political reasons or for personal reasons or business reasons,” he said.

He recognized the ongoing issues in Alabama, and although “hundreds of people knew about it, nobody did anything about it.”

He said employees at facilities need to be held accountable if they don’t do their job of protecting and taking care of children. “We see many, many cases where they are the offenders,” he said.

WSFA News in Montgomery spoke with a a former Juvenile Detention Center resident, who told them:

“I could barely lay down. I couldn’t eat because they wouldn’t feed ya once they beat ya. They punish you, you don’t eat either. It was horrible. It was horrible. Mr. Denny thank you, thank you.”

Through his presentations, Denny Abbott continues to educate citizens about how they can create positive change in their communities to help mistreated children.

Denny Abbott’s They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama’s Forgotten Children is available in print and ebook from NewSouth Books, Amazon, or your favorite bookstore.