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Tuskegee Airman speaking Sept. 12 in Red Wing

The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America's tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is hosting a free event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, featuring Harold Brown, a World War II pilot with the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The night promises to inspire the local community through his remarkable experience as one of our nation's first black military pilots.

The public is invited to meet this American hero and hear him speak about his personal experience from his new book, "Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman," co-authored with his wife, Marsha Bordner.

Brown is a Minneapolis native and North High School graduate. He flew with the famed 332nd Fighter Group in World War II, the famed all black military pilots who overcame great adversity to fly and fight for our country. He graduated from the Tuskegee Institute's segregated pilot training program and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944.

The event will include a short video, presentation, question-and-answer session, and opportunity for autographs. All ages are welcome to attend this event to meet, learn from and be inspired by this living legend.

In addition to the event at Sheldon Theatre, Brown will also speak with local students and the correctional facility to encourage all to rise above their challenges and find success.

His visit to Red Wing is made possible by the CAF Red Tail Squadron, a nonprofit group based in Red Wing that works to ensure the inspirational legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen lives on for generations to come. Learn more at