Employees at the Kansas City National Security Campus got a history lesson when original Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Harold Brown, shared his experience during World War II as a pilot with the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group. Dr. Brown represents the first African American military pilots in the United States and one of just a few hundred who fought overseas during WWII. On his 30th mission, Dr. Brown was shot down over enemy territory, bailing out of his badly damaged P-51C Mustang and taken as a prisoner of war.
After hearing Dr. Brown’s story, employees visited the RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit, a mobile theater that tours the country sharing the history and lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen. To cap off the week, the exhibit moved to the historic 18th & Vine district in Kansas City for our community to enjoy.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver stopped by the event to share his personal connection with the Tuskegee Airmen story. His uncle was part of this elite group of war heroes who broke down barriers with their courage and determination to serve our country in World War II. Their ability to triumph over adversity remains a compelling inspiration. You can learn more about the Tuskegee Airman at https://www.redtail.org