Feb 28, 2011
(Source: Jazmyn Burton <email@example.com>, Office of University Communications, Temple University, February 23, 2011)
At a time when African Americans in the U.S. were still subject to overt racial discrimination, the Tuskegee Airmen became the first military aviators of color to join the United States Armed Forces.
Now Philadelphia-area survivors from the group have donated a trove of photographs, correspondence and other documents to the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple that will remind generations of the veterans' noble service and sacrifice.
"We are very proud to be the recipients of the Philadelphia Chapter archives," said Diane Turner, curator of the Blockson Collection. "When America needed its men and women to go to war, these courageous men enlisted and fought against great odds. Not only did they fight in combat, they fought against racism and discrimination at home."
Complete press release at url: http://www.temple.edu/newsroom/2010_2011/02/stories/Tuskegee_Airman.htm