The Tuskegee Airmen
2/7/2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Dewey Talks are free public lectures on a variety of topics, sponsored by the Library. The Talks are facilitated by local experts and based upon the Library’s Dewey Decimal System. Many talks involve films available in the LINCC online catalog.
All talks are free to the public.
"The Tuskegee Airmen" with Sig Unander
Thursday, February 7
The first black pilots to see air combat blazed a trail of glory in the frozen skies over Europe in the darkest days of World War II. The legendary “Tuskegee Airmen” fought Nazi tyranny abroad, earning high honors for valor. Their competence and determination helped end segregation in the armed forces and foreshadowed the civil rights movement.
Learn how these young aviators, under iron-willed General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., made an inspiring record and changed history. Author and historian Sig Unander will bring their true story to life and reveal details of “Red Tail” pilots from the Northwest, including University of Oregon track star Robert Deiz, who shot down two German fighter planes.
Local author, filmmaker, and historian Sig Unander is a fourth-generation Oregonian. He began his career in broadcast and print journalism in New Mexico, Minnesota, Georgia, and Oregon. His 2006 film The Forgotten Eagles documents the history of the Mexican Expeditionary Air Force, an elite unit that participated with the US Army Air Force in the liberation of the Philippine Islands in World War II. He is currently working on a documentary film about Claire Phillips Snyder, an actress, author and activist who received the United States’ highest civilian decoration – the Medal of Freedom – for her espionage and humanitarian activities in the Philippines during the Second World War.
For more information about this free community event, please contact John Smith at 503-682-2744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.