Group features oral histories of Tuskegee Airmen

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CHICAGO (AP) – If the new big-budget film, “Red Tails,” inspires you to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen, there’s a way to do that in Chicago.

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CHICAGO (AP) – If the new big-budget film, "Red Tails," inspires you to learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen, there’s a way to do that in Chicago.

The movie chronicling the heroism of the legendary African-American airmen has just opened nationwide. It’s from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.

It so happens that one of the nation’s largest African-American oral history archives is at the Chicago-based HistoryMakers.

The archive highlights the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and other African Americans who served in the military since the Revolutionary War.

And now, a $200,000 grant from The Robert R. McCormick Foundation has helped The HistoryMakers launch The MilitaryMakers. It’s a project specifically profiling the lives of African-American soldiers, like the Tuskegee Airmen.

HistoryMakers says the grant will enable it to share the stories more widely.

Photo Caption: Former Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter, 94, of Tuskegee, Ala., poses with a PT-17 trainer aircraft in a hangar at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. "Red Tails," a film that chronicles the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen, opened Jan. 20. (AP Photo, David Bundy)

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