PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Christian Education & Nurture Committee presents The Tuskegee Airmen at Plainfield's Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month.
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.
In addition to the screening, the affair will feature a discussion with honorary guest Tuskegee Airman Malcolm Nettingham, Sr.
A light meal will be served at this free community event where all ages are welcome.
You may RSVP on the church website.
- DATE: Saturday, Feb. 18th
- TIME: 5:00 pm
- PLACE: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 716 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield
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