Celebrate Black History Month: One of the Original Tuskegee Airmen to Speak at SUU

Published: February 04, 2005 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Read Time: 1 minutes

As part of its celebration of Black History Month, Southern Utah University is hosting George Sherman as the Convocations speaker, next Thursday, February 10.

Sherman is one of the first group of black Americans trained as military pilots in the early 40s. The group became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, named after their training facility, the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881.

After the War, Sherman served as a Statistical Services Officer. From 1953 to 1964 he supervised and trained combat crews in the deployment of nuclear tactical missiles. From 1964 to 1971 he was the Chief of Ordnance Safety at Tactical Air Command Headquarters. He provided guidance, supervision and procedures for an Air Force Command of more than 100,000 airmen and 23 Air Force bases.

Celebrate Black History Month with this special lecture.

Unless otherwise noted, Convocations take place on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium. They are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in taking Convocations for college credit should call 586-8082. For more information, see www.suu.edu/ad/pr/convo.

Through its more than 100-year history, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training school into its current role as a comprehensive, regional university to 6,000 students from across the globe. It serves the southern region of Utah and contiguous counties in surrounding states with undergraduate and graduate programs in six colleges. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, higher learning, regional history, public affairs, major academic specialties, and significant entertainment and recreation. Accentuated by the notable, economic value of its services, SUU's hallmark is its quality staff, faculty and academics.

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