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Day 153: Tuskegee Airmen Visit Pasadena City College

Calling all History buffs!

Day 153 of 365 Things To Do in Pasadena gives you the opportunity to meet members of the legendary WWII Tuskegee Airmen Squadron.

During World War II, the U.S. military was racially segregated. Reflecting American society and law at the time, most black soldiers and sailors were restricted to labor battalions and other support positions. An experiment in the U.S. Army Air Forces, however, showed that given equal opportunity and training, African-Americans could fly in, command and support combat units as well as anyone. The USAAF’s black fliers, the so-called “Tuskegee Airmen,” served with distinction in combat and directly contributed to the eventual integration of the U.S. armed services, with the U.S. Air Force leading the way.

The distinguished, Tuskegee Airmen Fighter Squadron, became the bomber escort of choice and were requested, by name, from bomber pilots during World War II. They were known for their courageous efforts and exceptional combat support during escort missions.

Hear the stories of Valor from the Tuskegee Airmen themselves,October 16th 2010, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Vosloh Forum, on the PCC Campus.

Pasadena City College will be hosting the panel discussion with 3 members of the Tuskegee Airmen and an author who wrote about their experiences.  There will also be an exhibit hosted by The President’s African American Advisory Committee of Pasadena City College in the African American Heritage Room of the Shatford Library entitled, “Tuskegee: Journey to Flight”. This in an abridged version of the exhibition originally conceived and curated by the by the California African American Museum.

The exhibit tours will be hosted by PCC students and tours will be held on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00-10:00 a.m and 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed through January 14, 2011.

We hope that you will get to take part in this inspirational and historical event. For additional information please contact Johari DeWitt-Rogers, Director of Media Services, 626-585-7730.


Pasadena City College – Vosloh Forum

1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91106

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