DATE: February 7, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Miller
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - "Soaring: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen in South Florida," sponsored by the Miramar Cultural Trust, is on display this month in gallery six at Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
The exhibition, which was curated by Miramar Cultural Trust board member Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, explores the history and continuing legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The Tuskegee Airmen were formed after a campaign by civil rights leaders and were subjected to discrimination, both within and outside the army. As part of the exhibit, view the 90-minute documentary "Silver Wings, Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly, Main Library will host a panel discussion, "Sharing Our Stories: African Americans in the Military," presented by the South Florida Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Miramar Cultural Trust, on Saturday, February 24th at 2PM. The discussion will be moderated by Rudy Jean-Bart, an assistant professor of history at Broward College, and will feature panelists LaTéssa Hall, who served in the U.S. Air Force and is the widow of Richard Hall, one of the aviators profiled in the "Soaring" exhibition; Zuberi Thabiti, a veteran of the Vietnam War; and Shelia L. Chamberlain, the Army's first African-American woman combat Iitelligence pilot, also in the "Soaring" exhibition.
The exhibit and discussion are free and open to the public.
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