Tuskegee Airmen visit Detroit for River Days Festival

Published On: Jun 22 2012 09:52:01 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 09:52:13 AM EDT

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has arranged a special celebration Friday as part of the launch of its annual Detroit River Days Festival.

Fifteen former Tuskegee Airmen are expected to attend the event at GM Plaza at the Renaissance Center.

A B-17 bomber from World War II is to depart from Willow Run Airport and make three flyovers during the ceremony.

And a presentation is to be made by Mayor Dave Bing.

The Tuskegee Airmen were members of an African-American air unit, the Tuskegee, Ala.-based 332nd Fighter Group.

They served at a time when the U.S. military practiced rigid racial segregation, denying blacks most promotional opportunities.


The views expressed below are not those of Click On Detroit, WDIV, or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus