WHEREAS, there are approximately one hundred and twenty four thousand (124,000) commercial airline pilots in the United States; and
WHEREAS, there are approximately one thousand (1,000) African American commercial airline pilots, with fewer than fifty (50) African American female commercial airline pilots; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP should ensure that African American youth are able to fully participate in all technology fields, particularly aviation.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP call for the aviation industry to develop and implement programs which encourage African-American youth to pursue careers in aviation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP call for the aviation industry to remove any existing barriers to African Americans working as commercial airline pilots by developing and implementing programs which actively recruit, train, promote and retain African American pilots.