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The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) in collaboration with Partners In Education virtually read, “Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen,” by Sherri L. Smith on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 to the Johnson Elementary third grade class in celebration of Read Across America.

JMAA Board Chairman Robert L. Martin, Commissioner LTC(R) Lucius Wright, Ed.D, and CEO Paul A. Brown, respectively, read chapters from the book, highlighting the courageous pilots and their legendary contributions to America. Also, in attendance, JMAA Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Nycole Campbell-Lewis gave remarks to motivate and inspire students to continue reading with family and friends.

“If it had not been for these guys, you probably would not have seen someone like me, because they were true trailblazers,” stated Chairman Robert Martin.

Commissioner Wright retired Lieutenant Colonel and Purple Heart recipient also shared a little history on the Tuskegee Airmen and how their contributions shaped his career. “They were some of the best fighters in the war,” stated Commissioner Wright. “If Chairman Martin and I can fly, you guys can too.”

“Their inspiring story has been heard all over the world,” stated CEO Paul Brown. “As an aviation professional, it’s an honor to share this special story with the youth at Johnson Elementary.”

Read Across America’s mission is to “create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers.” As a part of the Johnson Elementary principal’s Action Plan: Academic Improvement Support – Student Home Libraries and Book Buddies, JMAA delivered copies of the book to Johnson Elementary School for each student to take home and enjoy. This community outreach initiative supports the benefits of reading to enhance learning and introduces the world of aviation to community youth.

For information about the JMAA Community Outreach program, contact Machelle Kyles, Community Outreach Coordinator at 601.939.5631 or email, mkyles@jmaa.com.





The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) operates two airports: Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field Airport (HKS). JAN is the busiest airport in Mississippi, situated in the Central part of the state and serving the Capital region of Jackson with over 3,000 acres of property. JAN has service to several of the world’s busiest global hubs and is home to the Mississippi Air National Guard 172nd Airlift Wing. HKS is a general aviation airport and is home to the Mississippi Army National Guard 185th Aviation Brigade. The Authority provides service to over 1 million passengers per year.