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43 Forum: Famed Tuskegee Airman

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CLEVELAND, OH (6/27/10) - Mr. Arthur Saunders is one of only 300 remaining living members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.  He lives in Cleveland and he turned 90 years old on June 12th, 2010. 

He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in 2007. 

First Lt. Saunders graduated from Yale University in 1942. 

He often speaks to students about the Tuskegee Airmen's exploits during World War II and the fact they were denied their proper recognition for six decades.  The Tuskegee Airmen were the first all black pilots in US military history. 


Sherlyn Allen-Harris is the curator of the new exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society titled:  Soul Soldiers:  African Americans during the Vietnam Era.  The exhibit displays pictures and stories of the contribution and challenges Black soldiers faced fighting in Vietnam and the discrimination they faced in Vietnam and back here in America.  It runs through November.


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