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‘Tuskegee Airmen’ topic of VC event

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Ron Spriggs, a Tuskegee Airmen historian, will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall at Valley City State University.

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Spriggs’ presentation, “The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen,” is part of the VCSU Diversity and Inclusion Presentation Series in recognition of Veterans Day. The event is free and open to the public.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American pilots in World War II. The segregated unit was trained at the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Tuskegee, Ala.

Spriggs is an oral historian, lecturer and curator of the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit. An eight-year U.S. Air Force veteran, he is a retired IBM manager and business planner.

Spriggs founded the Ron Spriggs Exhibit of Tuskegee Airmen in December 2002 as an independent means of telling the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Spriggs said he fosters the theory that Tuskegee Airmen are not just black history; Tuskegee Airmen are American history. He also said that history untold is history lost and that this segment of American history has received little attention in the school system.

For more information about the presentation, email diversity@vcsu.edu or call 701-845-7306.

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