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Press Release 93-05
Mary Ann Peto
(Bus: 216/433-2902)

NASA Lewis Research Center Celebrates Black History Month

Cleveland, OH -- In honor of Black History Month, members of Lewis' African Heritage Advisory Committee together with the Visitor Center have planned activities and created an exhibit which exemplifies this year's theme, African Americans: Scholars, Leaders, Activists and Writers.

"The activities are open to all employees," said Grace Scales, chairperson of the celebration. A kick-off reception in the Visitor Center on Tuesday, February 2, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., will feature a videotape presentation: Black Eagles. The story tells of the desegregation of the Air Force during WWII and how the two black squadrons, the 99th and the 332nd, became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. On Friday, February 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., William Ferguson, a radio operator during WWII, will discuss his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman in the Air Force's 477 Bombardment Group.

"Striving to improve and enhance our culturally diverse work force is a major thrust of our principles of operation in our strategic plan for the 1990's," said Lawrence J. Ross, director, Lewis Research Center. He went on to say: "This is just one way to celebrate the many achievements of black Americans and to reinforce our dedication to creating an environment that celebrates and welcomes the creativity that diversity brings."

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