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IU Northwest invites community to meet Tuskegee Airmen Oct. 18

Literacy experience inspired by novel ‘Hart’s War’ by John Katzenbach


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Emily Banas
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Erika Rose
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Set during World War II, “Hart’s War” by John Katzenbach is a story about a murder trial inside a German prisoner-of-war camp. The fictional defendant in the novel is a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of World War II African-American aviators.

In conjunction with the Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc., Indiana University Northwest invites the community to learn more about these real-life aviators, hear their stories and meet a few of them in person at an informative and entertaining literacy experience inspired by Katzenbach’s novel. The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. Participants will enjoy music of the 1940s and refreshments, view a multi-media presentation about the airmen, and have a chance to ask the guests questions.

The legendary Tuskegee Airmen are hailed as having contributed to the nation’s defense at a time when they weren’t considered to be equals among other citizens. Many say their history serves as a valuable lesson to present day youth.

Today, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) are a “non-profit organization with 55 chapters nationwide dedicated to honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII.” They work to introduce youth to aviation and science and provide scholarships and awards to those who exemplify the TAI’s goals.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Offices of Diversity Programming, Student Life and Multicultural Affairs, the event is a collaboration with the Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. and Methodist Hospitals as well as Books to Bridge the Region, a reading initiative that strives to promote literacy and spark conversations among families and communities, fostering critical thinking related to a common theme.

For more information about the literacy events at IU Northwest, contact Henrietta Moore at (219) 980-6763.