Recommended for grades 6-8
Mad River Theater Works presents Wings of Courage.
Eugene Bullard’s story would be unbelievable if it were not all true. He was a professional boxer and a Word War I flying ace. He was a jazz musician. He was a spy.
Who was this remarkable African American?
Born in Columbus, Georgia, Bullard traveled the world. He joined the French Foreign Legion after being denied a meaningful place in the United States Army. He rose through the ranks and flew against the famous “Red Baron” as part of the Layfayette Escadrille. But when the Escadrille was incorporated into the new U.S. Army Air Corps in 1917, the color of Bullard’s skin prevented him from taking his place alongside the other American heroes of his day. But that didn’t stop him. He went on to fame as a bandleader in Paris during the 1920s and was a spy against the Nazis. Wings of Courage shows how Bullard’s determination and perseverance helped him to overcome discrimination throughout his life. It is an uplifting tale of vision and hope.