Birmingham Airport Authority Honors African American Aviators


Celebrating the legacy of African American pioneers in the aviation industry during Black History Month

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (February 1, 2021)– During the month of February, the Birmingham Airport Authority will recognize Black History Month at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) by celebrating the legacy and contributions of African American aviators and pioneers throughout history that helped raise the aviation industry to new heights.

“As an airport named after the late civil rights activist Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, it is important for us to recognize the achievements and share the stories of African Americans that have made significant contributions to America’s history and the diverse story of our nation,” said Ronald F. Mathieu, Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO. “We invite the community to join us as we honor and celebrate the stories of those who stood in the face of adversity and helped pave the way for all, especially in the aviation industry.”

BHM’s celebration of Black History Month will include blog posts and social media spotlights applauding the achievements and sharing the stories of prominent African American aviators such as Emory Malick, Bessie Coleman, James Banning, Willa Brown, and the Tuskegee Airmen. Live music performances will also take place each Friday on the ticketing level, pre-security, near the centralized security checkpoint. The performance schedule is as follows:

Date Time Artist / Band
February 5 10:00 am- 12:00 pm Justin Oliver
February 12 11:00 am- 1:00 pm The Official Clutch Band
February 19 10:00 am- 12:00 pm Allison Sanders
February 26 11:00 am- 1:00 pm Michael Ham

Travelers flying through Birmingham are also encouraged to take a moment and visit the airport’s exhibits honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. The Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, designed by the Southern Museum of Flight, features four P-51 Mustang “Red Tail” aircraft flying in formation, as well as related artifacts, photographs, and a uniform. The exhibit devoted to Reverend Shuttlesworth was designed by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and offers an overview of his crucial work during the civil rights movement.




About Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

As Alabama’s largest commercial airport,  Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has served as a gateway to the sky for nearly 90 years. Governed by the Birmingham Airport Authority, the airport continues to be a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire region. For more information, visit or follow BHM on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.