Gerorge Hickman was an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military fighter pilots. Hickman entered into the Army in 1943 and graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1944. The former Cadet Captain was the grandson of slaves. He was banned from flying after talking back to a white superior officer who mistreated a fellow black cadet. Despite any racism he experienced, Hickman continued to show kindness and helped others. He, along with the other remaining Tuskegee Airmen received a congressional gold medal in 2007.