MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics invites the public to attend a presentation honoring the Tuskegee Airmen on Feb.
19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. Present will be members of the Orlando-based General Daniel “Chappie” James Chapter of the
Tuskegee Airmen. There is no charge.
The chapter is named for James who, in 1975, became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star general. He served in the Korean and Vietnam
wars, died in 1978 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Tuskegee Airmen, during World War II, overcame extreme prejudice to become the first African-American military airmen in the United States. The black
airmen who became single-engine or multi-engine pilots were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama.
Approximately 50 Tuskegee Airmen chapters across the country keep alive the memory, sacrifices and patriotism of the first black military airmen.
For more information on the Tuskegee Airmen visit: http://www.tuskegeeairmen.org. For information about the ceremony contact Tamara Gray at (321) 674-7619,
or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gleason Performing Arts Center is near the northwest corner of University Boulevard and Babcock Street.