Tuskegee Airman shares his experiences during Black History Month presentation at Macomb Community College

– Monday, February 25, 2013 12:00AM

Tuskegee Airman Col. Washington Ross, 93, will share his experiences in a Black History Month presentation, Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Macomb Community College’s South Campus Library, Warren.  Before 1940, African-Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military.  Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure, resulting in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Ala., which became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Ross was a fighter pilot who flew 63 missions in the European Theater from 1944 to the war’s end.  On discharge, Ross joined the United States Air Force Reserves until he retired in 1981.  He is an active member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a nonprofit organization perpetuating the history of the airmen and introducing young people to the world of aviation and science, including educational support.  Seating is limited for the presentation, so registration is encouraged.  To register, go to www.macomb.edu, click on WebAdvisor, select Continuing Education Students and enter 03879 under the Search and Register for Continuing Education classes prompt.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu)  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks among the top 25 awarders of associate degrees and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu

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