Published on: Thursday, October 13, 2016 News

"Tuskegee Airmen" Illustrator Jeffery Weatherford Discusses Art & History

Cover of "You Can Fly"
“You Can Fly” combines art, history and poetry

Jeffery Boston Weatherford, illustrator of You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, will talk about his artwork portraying the pioneering African-American World War 2 pilots on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Maryland Library. You Can Fly was written by Jeffery’s mother, the award-winning kids’ nonfiction writer Carol Boston Weatherford; the book is Jeffery Weatherford’s debut as an illustrator. In the book, Carol Weatherford details — in 33 short poems — the compelling story of how the Tuskegee Airmen fulfilled their dream of flying despite the racist odds against them. In its review, Booklist noted: “The use of second-person voice addressing the airmen puts readers in the shoes of courageous individuals who took part in the ‘Tuskegee Experiment.’ Included are evocative scratchboard illustrations contributed by the author’s son. With poems such as ‘Operation Prove Them Wrong’ and ‘Lena Horne: More than a Pinup,’ this volume offers a vivid, personal point of view.” At our program, Jeffery Weatherford will talk about the research he did for his illustrations and show his final artwork. He’ll also do some live drawing. While the book is aimed at kids ages 9 up, teens and adults who are interested in history and/or art also will enjoy this program! Copies of “You Can Fly” will be for sale, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.