Are you interested in learning about more “hidden history?” Put a hold on “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman” by Harold H. Brown and Marsha S. Bordner today! The often overlooked story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one of great courage and fortitude in the face of extreme racial prejudice. These men served their country at a time when they were treated like second-class citizens, yet they repeatedly put their lives on the line for their families and everyone living back home. And sadly after World War II they returned to a country that still did not treat them as equal citizens.
Read about all of this and much more in Harold Brown’s amazing and courageous life story. He starts with the story of his grandparents and his own childhood in Minneapolis, before going on to tell about his time at the Tuskegee Army flying school, which he attended right out of high school! After his graduation he served with the 332nd Fighter Group and saw action in Africa and Sicily. Unfortunately he was shot down and served time in Stalag VII A in Moosburg, Germany before being liberated by General Patton’s forces in 1945. He returned home only to find that not much had changed in terms of race relations in America, and he would go on to work as an educator and college administrator.
Military integration finally occurred in 1948, and it almost certainly would not have been possible without the contributions of men such as Harold Brown. Today Dr. Brown is 93 years old and resides in Ohio. If you would like to read more here are some articles about this incredible man and his service to his community and life story:
Retired Colonel Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman