Great Lives Lecture Series: The Tuskegee Airmen George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium


February 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Ali Hieber
George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium
1301 College Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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African Americans fought a war on two fronts in World War II: against fascism abroad and against white supremacy at home. No group battled both as directly, made better use of the opportunities the war created or did more to lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement than the Tuskegee Airmen. These all-black fighter and bomber groups fought their way into the U.S. Army Air Forces, then battled Hitler’s Luftwaffe in the skies over Europe and Jim Crow’s forces at postings throughout the United States.

The speaker, University of North Texas Professor Todd Moye, author of Freedom Flyers, traces this story from the long struggle to force the War Department to train pilots of color, through the Tuskegee Airmen’s campaign to win equal opportunities to serve their country in wartime, to the postwar efforts to desegregate the Air Force.

The lecture will be held in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. It is sponsored in part by Yuh Prosthodontics, and is open to the public free of charge.