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 Earlier this month, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) leaders, in collaboration with Partners In Education, had the opportunity to virtually read “Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?”, by Sherri L. Smith, to the Johnson Elementary third grade class. This was in celebration of “Read Across America,” a program celebrating a nation of diverse readers.

On Tuesday, March 30, JMAA Board Commissioner LTC(R) Lucius Wright, Ed.D., officially presented the books to be distributed to the third-grade class that participated in the virtual reading event. He gave encouraging words to the Johnson Elementary principal for youth to learn and become interested in the opportunities within the aviation industry.

“I often say that if they become interested in aviation, they will change their lives forever, and every generation after,” said Commissioner Wright. We are happy to present these books to further their interest in aviation. Please accept these with the heartfelt thanks for all you do for the next generation of aviators.”

As a part of the Johnson Elementary principal’s Action Plan: Academic Improvement Support – Student Home Libraries and Book Buddies, 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.