Saturday, April 26, 2 – 6 pm
Fort Wayne, IN.: Tuskegee Airman Leslie Edwards will share stories of his experiences during World War II, and inspiring words about the virtue of hard work, in a family-friendly presentation on April 26, 2 – 6 pm at Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart Street. Edwards will also show a short preview of the documentary “Double Victory,” a video about the challenges faced by Tuskegee airmen. The community is invited to attend this free event hosted by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Neighborhood Programs. Refreshments will be served.
The Tuskegee airmen were the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, flying with distinction during World War II. Though subject to racial discrimination both at home and abroad, the 996 pilots and more than 15,000 ground personnel who served with the all-black units would be credited with some 15,500 combat sorties and earn over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their achievements. The highly publicized successes of the Tuskegee Airmen helped pave the way for the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces under President Harry Truman in 1948. (http://www.history.com/