PIONEER PILOT AUGUST HARVEY “AUGIE” MARTIN, AUGUST 31, 1919 – JULY 30, 1968
Pilot August Harvey “Augie” Martin’s forebears departed the same shores, shackled in slave ships, piloted by British slave merchants.
Pilot August Harvey “Augie” Martin piloted an airship to unshackle his forebears from hunger imposed by a British blockade.
A blockade maintained by British-supplied warships meant to suffocate Biafrans who resisted slavery.
The British financed and supplied Biafra-Nigeria War was British payback for stubborn “Eboe” — Igbo — slaves.
Pilot August Harvey “Augie” Martin braved bullets, bombs, and fighter aircrafts to liberate Biafrans from hunger.
He paid the ultimate price when his airship crashed in a rainstorm at Uli Airport — highway — on July 30, 1968.
The pioneering spirit of the first African American captain of an American commercial aircraft is preserved in the
August Harvey “Augie” Martin High School, Queens, New York, where pioneering African Americans are training to become ‘August Harvey “Augie” Martins.’
Pilot August Harvey “Augie” Martin inspired the world by his altruistic bravery while living and continues to inspire the world in death.
He put ‘them too’ over ‘me too’ and gave his life to liberate Biafrans from British-imposed starvation and hunger.
How wonderful will the world be, if the “Augie” spirit becomes as virulent and pandemic as the coronaviruses?
While coronaviruses kill humans, the “Augie” virus augments, nourishes, and spreads the values of humanism in humans!