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93 Year Old Tuskegee Airman Lt Col Alex Jefferson to Speak at Lewis & Clark College

Date: 7:00pm PST November 5, 2014 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, is a 93 year old retired US Air Force officer, and one of the famous “Tuskegee Airmen”, also known as the 332nd Fighter Group. He will be visiting Portland from his home in Detroit, MI.

During World War II, Black Americans throughout the U.S. were subject to Jim Crow laws which legalized segregation and the American military was also segregated.
President Truman signed an executive order ending segregation in the military in 1948 (3 years after the war’s end).

Lt. Col. Jefferson’s book, “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW”, is a personal memoir of those who served America in World War II and after.   Please join him at Lewis & Clark College as he shares his story.

His maternal great-grandfather William Jefferson White was born to a slave woman and a white slave owner in the 1830s.

Jefferson’s grandfather became a minister, and in 1867, opened an all black ministry school for boys in Augusta, Georgia, which today is known as Morehouse College

In 1947 Jefferson received his teaching certificate from Wayne State University, and began teaching elementary school science for the Detroit Public School System.
He received his M.A. degree in education in 1954, and was appointed  assistant principal in 1969. He retired in 1979 as an assistant principal, after over 30 years service.

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Lt Col Alex Jefferson is one of the last touring Tuskegee Airmen.  Please join us for this very special opportunity.  He will speak from 7-8pm in the Chapel at Lewis & Clark College.  A book-signing and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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