PLAINFIELD, NJ - Malcolm Nettingham, Sr., of Scotch Plains will be the special guest when the Christian Education & Nurture Committee presents The Tuskegee Airmen at Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church in Plainfield on Saturday, Feb. 18 to celebrate Black History Month. Mr. Nettingham, the grand marshal of the 2014 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade, served with the famed Tuskegee Airman during World War II.

The Tuskegee Experiment, as it was called, stemmed from the NAACP challenging segregationist military policies in 1939.  This lead to a public campaign to integrate the armed forces. Then in 1941, a suit filed by Yancey Williams to accept him into training, headed to the courts.  The result: the military responded by creating a segregated unit to train black pilots at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

The 1995 movie, based on the true story of the 332nd Fighter Squadron of African-American pilots in World War II, stars Laurence Fishburne as Hannibal Lee.  Andre Braugher, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Malcom-Jamal Warner, and Courney B. Vance also star.

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A light meal will be served at this free community event where all ages are welcome. RSVP at the church website

  • DATE:  Saturday, Feb. 18th
  • TIME: 5:00 p.m.
  • PLACE:  Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield) is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.