Middle School Program Coordinator Justin Margolies took a few of the Boys Leadership Team down to the state capitol last Wednesday, where they met Dr. Harold Brown, one of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen is a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II. They were the first African-American military aviators to serve in the US Armed Forces, and fought during an era when Jim Crow laws still governed many of the states.
The BLT met Harold Brown as part of the Red Tail Project's RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, which takes the story of the Tuskegee Airmen around the country every year. (Check out this MPR story on the visiting exhibit.) They watched a documentary in a semi-trailer truck and got autographs from Harold Brown himself.
"As we walked back after talking to Harold and the boys got an autograph," says Justin, "one of them turned to me and said "That was a once in a lifetime experience"."
The exhibit was at the state capitol for the past few days as part of "The Summer of Civil Rights".
"City, state, and federal officials are partnering with local human and civil rights leaders to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964," according to the City of St. Paul. "The "Summer of Civil Rights" planning committee has organized a series of events throughout the Twin Cities to recognize the significance of the Civil Rights Act."