News Release

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit

Monday, September 10, 2012

Former Tuskegee Airman James Cooper will speak about his wartime experiences via live streaming 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Cascade Room of Atwood Memorial Center.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

The public address will simultaneously air at the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit at St. Cloud City Hall.

Tuskegee Airmen were the African American pilots who served in World War II in the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group. Both groups fought Jim Crow discrimination and segregation. The 332nd saw combat in North Africa and Europe. The pilots and crew were trained at Tuskegee Institute (now university) in Tuskegee, Ala.

The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit runs Sept. 11-15 at St. Cloud City Hall. The free exhibit, including film screenings, is open noon- 7 p.m. daily.

“Rise Above,” an original short film, shares the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. The film will be shown in a customized trailer that houses a panoramic movie screen and seats 35. 

The Rise Above Traveling Exhibit, a project of the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, reflects the group’s educational mission to distill the Tuskegee Airmen’s determination in overcoming obstacles into guiding principles for young people. Due to limited seating, groups are encouraged to schedule their visits.

St. Cloud State and the City of St. Cloud have partnered to bring the touring exhibit to St. Cloud with arrangements made through the Youth Initiative Mentoring Academies.

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