Making History and Recording It

Red Tails: Legacies of the Tuskegee Airmen

Historical Perspectives on Black History—A Public Forum

The  panel  will  discuss  the  complex  history  and  heroism  of  African -American  aviators  and  the  Tuskegee  experience.


  • Nikia Chaney,  Inlandia  Literary  Laureate


  • Sandra Blackman,  Professor  of  History, San  Bernardino  Valley  College
  • Master  SGT.  Buford  A.  Johnson,  Tuskegee  Airman
  • Lt. Colonel  Harlan  Q.  Leonard,  Jr., Tuskegee  Airman

Presented  by  the  Inlandia  Institute,  Riverside  African  American  Historical  Society,  Inc., Black Voice News, Center  for  Social  Justice  &  Civil  Liberties,  Riverside  Community  College  District, and  UC  Riverside  Library  Special  Collections.


African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history. In 1941, an all Black aircraft pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama was formed. They were known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Officially, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Tuskegee Airmen is a title given to the over 14,000 participants who trained or worked in the program. Their ranks included pilots, bombardiers, navigators, doctors, nurses, mechanics, weathermen and parachute riggers. The pilots, also called the Red Tails trained in this unit and served bravely during World War II, and were awarded more than 850 medals during the war.

The Tuskegee airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. They have been commemorated in history books, exhibitions, documentary and feature films. We are proud to honor their heroism.

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