Blue Beacon Series: Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen

February 17 2021 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm

For centuries, African Americans fought for greater roles in U.S. military conflicts, but quotas, exclusionary practices, racial discrimination and prevailing attitudes limited their participation. During the middle period of WWII, the ‘Tuskegee Aviation Experience’ was launched as the Army Air Corps program to train the nation’s first African-American military aviators to fly, fight, maintain combat aircraft and help win World War II (WWII). Recently, two WWII fighter planes were discovered in Lake Huron and the Saint Claire River that were piloted by Tuskegee Airmen who died during training accidents.

We invite you to join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Diving With a Purpose, and the Detroit Historical Society in honoring the sacrifice, achievement, and heroism of these men and women of the Tuskegee Airmen. Our panel of experts will discuss the Tuskegee Airmen’s fight for equality, efforts to honor their service, and the importance of ensuring our maritime heritage represents the diversity of the American experience live on facebook. 

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