Commerce City invites Tuskegee Airmen for Black History Month

Scott Taylor
staylor@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/10/23

Commerce City will invite speakers from the legendary World War 2 fighter pilots the Tuskegee Airmen to speak at Black History Month celebration, councilors agreed.

"The Tuskegee Airmen can come …

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Commerce City invites Tuskegee Airmen for Black History Month

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Commerce City will invite speakers from the legendary World War 2 fighter pilots the Tuskegee Airmen to speak at a Black History Month celebration, councilors agreed.

"The Tuskegee Airmen can come to our city, and we would like to make it a big special event for the whole city," Councilor Jennifer Allen-Thomas said during the council's special meeting on Jan. 9. "The cost is $1,500 and the event would be possibly scheduled on Feb. 23. Our City Manager is aware of this, our staff is aware of the situation as well. We want to make this a big event and would welcome the entire Commerce City community. We are hoping to have this event at the Civic Center building."

Councilors agreed unanimously and directed staff to work out the details.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of 932 fighter and bomber pilots and their support crews who trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. Of that group, 355 flew some 1,500 missions in Europe between 1942 and 1946. The pilots were mostly African American and they were the first aviation unit of their kind during a time when the U.S. military was still racially segregated and many U.S. states still had Jim Crow laws on their books.

The unit had an excellent combat rating, was highly praised by military commanders and earned six Distinguished Unit Citations while its members earned 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses.

"One of the original Tuskogee Airman is still alive," Allen-Thomas said. "He's is 100 years old, and hopefully he'll be able to attend this event as well."

Commerce City, Black History Month, Tuskegee Airmen

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