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Eugene Jacques Bullard Eugene Jacques Bullard
by The Ovi Team
2016-05-05 09:36:22
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eugMay 5th 1917; Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service. America’s first black aviator did not fly for the country of his birth America, but for his adopted country of France. A country for which he was severely wounded and received many medals for valour. Gene himself was a man who hesitated to speak of himself but one who stood on the principles of honesty and integrity. He treated everyone as he wished to be treated and because of that he was very well liked. He lived by the belief that all men were created equal and should be treated accordingly.

Eugene Jacques Bullard was born on October 9, 1894, in Columbus Georgia, the seventh of ten children born to William (Octave) Bullard, a black from Martinique, and Josephine ("Yokalee") Thomas, a Creek Indian. Eugene’s father could trace their family roots as far back as the American Revolution. His family came from Martinique, an Island in the West Indies and spoke French as an everyday language. They arrived in America as slaves when their French owners fled the Haitian revolution. His mother died at age thirty three when Eugene was only five, leaving his father to raise him. Eugene said his father was an educated man who worked hard as a labourer and treasured his hours at home telling his children tales from the books he read. It was his father’s influence and those stories that would shape Eugene’s direction in life.

Eugene, divided by family loyalty and a quest for freedom, tearfully left his Columbus, Georgia home in 1902 at the tender age of eight. The catalyst for his early departure was the near unjust lynching of his father. The latter incident brought to Eugene’s mind the words his father had spoken earlier to him: in France a man is accepted as a man regardless of the colour of his skin. He left home seeking this paradise, this France.






   
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Bart2014-09-29 00:59:29
I have thought of making a docudrama of Eugene's life. I do not think I will ever gather all the time, money, or team to accomplish this. I have several attempts at a screen writing but I am not skilled in this.

I would welcome anyone that thinks, as I do, this worthy of presentation to the world.

He was a remarkable man who deserves to have his story told for the world to see.

He had courage, character, and pride in his acomplishments.

Bart Sagar


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