“Gene Bullard came out of poverty in the deep south with barely a second grade education and rose to the highest levels of a number of different experiences and talents throughout his whole life that made Tom and I think that, in the beginning, that this is really 10 guys and not just one guy.” – Phil Keith
It’s Black History Month on Enlighten Me and African-American history makers past and present are all around us.
The son of an enslaved African in the Americas, we’ll take a look at the incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot in WWI, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer.
The fact that many have never heard his life story is a testament to the many stories of ancestors that we have yet to uncover.
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