They came from as far away as Hawaii, silver-haired heroes converging on their nation’s capital to celebrate their place in history. But the fact that there were so many fewer of them this year was painfully obvious to the heroes. They once numbered 15,000 — 992 pilots, 200 navigators, bombardiers and administrators, as well as legions of crew members and support and medical personnel who came to be known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Seventy years later, their ranks have fallen precipitously. Only a few more than 100 of the “originals” from the Tuskegee days were among those who came to Washington this week for the 40th annual convention of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. at National Harbor’s Gaylord hotel.
Michael Eric Dyson
Interview about the Tuskegee Army Nurses
Friday, November 11, 2011, Veterans Day 7 p.m. Host Harold Fisher
features the Tuskegee Army Nurses on The Daily Drum news program
featuring news and an interview segment
Monday, January 16, 2012 7 p.m. Interview about Tuskegee Airmen and Nurses With host Marsha Jews on Keep It Moving
“A local woman is fighting to honor her mother’s memory. It’s a story that begins in the segregated South during World War II — and ends with a woman who died more than a month ago, and still has not been buried.”