Blue Skies. Red Tails: Conversations with Tuskegee Airmen

Thursday, February 7 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC), 302
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Denied so long of the right to become pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen capitalized on their education and training to become some of America's most recognized and decorated pilots serving in WWII. Known as the "Redtails," they seized the opportunity to prove to their detractors that excellence was not a matter  of color, rather, a matter of commitment. 

This conversation series, presented by The Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in partnership with The Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, USC Black Alumni Association, USC Veterans Resource Center, and USC Black Student Assembly highlights the living legacy of two Trojan Tuskegee Airmen.  

After receiving basic training and radar training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lt. Co. Ted Lumpkin, Jr.  was selected for officer training at Miami Beach Air Force Candidate School, Florida in October 1942. He completed his undergraduate training at USC and graduated in 1947. He furthered his education by earning a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1953. 

Jerry Hodges served as base statistical control officer and was an administrative assistant to the Director of the Twin Engine (TE) Flight Training Program at Tuskegee Army Air Field (TAAF) until June 1946. He graduated in 1950 from the University of Southern California with a BS in accounting.

Limited seating, priority will be given to USC students.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


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