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Tuskegee Airman to Speak at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

Major Victor Terrelonge will share his experiences at Feb. 15 event


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

NOTICE: This event has been cancelled.

Tuskegee AirmenBrooklyn, N.Y. – Black history comes alive at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Feb. 15 when Major Victor Terrelonge, 86, a member of the iconic Tuskegee Airmen shares his stories of being in America’s Armed Forces.

Terrelonge was invited by the Newman Club — a Catholic ministry student group at the Brooklyn Campus — to share his experiences as part of the Campus’ celebration of Black History Month in February. A question and answer session will follow the talk.

The public is encouraged to attend the free event, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Campus’ Dessie Marr Memorial Chapel, 3rd floor of the Student Building. Enter at the Metcalfe Building, located on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and DeKalb avenues.

Before the Tuskegee Airmen, there had never been an African-American pilot in the U.S. military. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Air Corps to create an air group composed only of black soldiers. To train the black pilots needed for the new squadron, the Air Corps opened a training base in central Alabama at the Tuskegee Institute.

During World War II, black fighter pilots fought the Germans abroad and racism in the ranks.

“The stories of the Tuskegee Airmen are so important to the history of the world during World War II, the history of racial discrimination within the armed forces of the United States, and the history of the civil rights movement in this country,” said Brooklyn Campus chaplain Charles P. Keeney, adviser to the Newman Club. “We have a unique opportunity to hear from one of these individuals and make the pages of history books come alive with his first-hand presentation.”

After segregation in the military ended in 1948, the veteran Tuskegee Airmen found themselves in high demand throughout the newly formed United States Air Force.

In 2007, President George W. Bush bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor, on the Tuskegee Airmen.

For more information, call (718) 488-1014.

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Updated 02/07/2011

Posted 02/02/2011

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