LeRoy W. Homer, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

United Flight 93 Co-pilot’s Wife Challenges View of What Happened Onboard on 9/11 | Skift (2013) United Flight 93’s passengers got all of the media glory. The co-pilot’s widow doesn’t downplay their efforts, but gives the crew its due. — Dennis Schaal



If you missed Melodie Homer’s recent talk at Wilmington, North Carolina’s Barnes & Noble, you missed a sizzler.

Homer is the widow of LeRoy W. Homer Jr., the first officer (co-pilot) for United Flight 93, the airliner that crashed near Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001, after being hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists. Other planes hit the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. The terror team on United 93 was apparently aiming for the U.S. Capitol but was thwarted by some action by the crew and passengers.

A decade later, this lady is still hurting — and she is not suffering in silence. In “From Where I Stand,” she speaks her mind and takes names.

Terrorists aside, Homer has bones to pick with a large number of people. She is no great fan of the Bush administration, which she thinks missed several warnings of a potential terror attack pre-9/11. She doesn’t like most of the media depictions and re-enactments of United 93’s last hours, although she is more forgiving toward Paul Greengrass’ 2006 film version.

LeRoy W. Homer, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

LeRoy W. Homer, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).