Tuskegee Airman To Speak at Emporia State Friday

By: From 13 News, and ESU, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, and ESU, Posted by Ralph Hipp

EMPORIA STATE — A Tuskegee Airman will discuss his service during World War II this Friday afternoon at Emporia State University.

During World War II, the U.S. Army was segregated. African-Americans who volunteered for Army Air Force units were trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. They have since been referred to as “Tuskegee Airmen.”

Retired Maj. George M. Boyd was a member of the 332nd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. The men of the 332nd unit were nicknamed “Red Tails.” Their exploits were recently portrayed in a movie by the same name. After World War II, Boys continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 28 years. He later served as colonel and commander of the Kansas Civil Air Patrol.

Major Boyd will speak in Room 330 of Visser Hall at 3:00pm Friday, April 27th. The free program is sponsored by the Black Student Union, Department of Social Sciences, Psi Chi, Diversity Education Committee and the Veterans Roundtable 1940-2012.

Parking is available in the main parking lot between Visser Hall and Welch Stadium. An elevator is available in the south end of Visser Hall.

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