Story of the Week: The Day I Sprouted Wings

Here’s a great short story about the first black man to become a licensed pilot in the United States in the 1920s.  James Herman Banning ran his own small auto repair shop in Iowa and his heart’s desire was to learn to fly.  He didn’t go whining to the government about being a victim or expect anyone to help him achieve his dream.  He watched the newspapers for government sales of old airplane parts and gradually built his own airplane in his cow pasture.  This in one of those truly inspirational American self-reliance stories of what an individual can do if he breaks free of a defeatist mindset.

Story of the Week: The Day I Sprouted Wings.

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