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Doylestown Presbyterian Church presents Tales of the Tuskegee Airmen, welcomes pilot


The Tuskegee Airmen served with valor as the nation’s first Black fighter pilots to see combat. However, in the eyes of many, that was not enough to earn recognition as an equal human being – let alone as a hero in post-WWII America.

For some of the Airmen, that struggle for racial and social equality remains a driving force, inspiring them to keep their legacy alive.

One of the Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr., will visit Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., to share his story and those of the pilots who provided protection for other aircraft flying over Germany during WWII.

The community is invited for lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by the presentation on Thursday, Feb. 16. There is a $10 entrance fee, which can be paid at the door. To reserve a seat, visit by Feb. 13.

Richardson, a native of Camden, N.J., was not deployed due to the war in Europe ending soon after his commission, but that fact does not stop him from shining light on his fellow Tuskegee Airmen all these years later.

“The performance of Black pilots in World War II proved that high levels of performance wasn’t the province of guys with light skin,” Richardson says on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen’s website.

The dedication of the Tuskegee Airmen, the website notes, led to President Harry Truman’s 1948 executive order ending segregation in the military. While segregation remained in some parts of the country for years after, the plight of the Tuskegee Airmen led to landmark legislation, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush in 2006, Richardson remains proud to read from the medal, which states, “the fantastic function of Black pilots in World War II inspired desegregation.”

Richardson is hoping the sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen, made both during and after the war, continue to inspire change.

This event is presented through a partnership of DPC’s Senior Adult Ministry Committee and the Matthew 25 Task Force, as part of DPC’s journey as a Matthew 25 Congregation. Together, DPC strives to become educated, build relationships, and take action against structural racism and its intersectionality with poverty.

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