An informative, emotional debut memoir about one family’s struggle to create a legacy of achievement for future generations.
Coggs, an African-American Arkansas native, was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and he shares his experiences during the war and during the civil rights movement, providing a compelling account of tumultuous times. He particularly details how his commitment to learning provided him with a way to excel during his formative years. He trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field as a cadet and later attended Harvard Medical School and went on to a distinguished career as a radiologist and inventor. However, Coggs writes about how being a devoted husband and father was equally important in building a rich and meaningful life. His eldest daughter, Coggs Rowell, co-authored this family history and provides an additional perspective on her generation’s commitment to education, hard work and social justice. Coggs Rowell’s thoughtful essays offer a deep, emotional account of the many special times she’s spent with her father. For example, she writes about the personal impact of witnessing the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 when she and her father were distinguished guests of the White House, and about traveling to Star Wars director George Lucas’ sprawling Skywalker Ranch in California. Overall, the book highlights how the Coggs family treasures the legacy of Granville Coggs’ service to his country. Coggs shares his successes with a sense of humility and gratitude that will likely charm and engage readers.
An inspirational family chronicle.