Block Island Times

How the Tuskegee Airmen inspired a young boy from Albany

Willis Brown was six years old when America was brought into World War II in 1941. His family was living in Albany, New York, and inside the local paper, the Albany Times-Union, there would be an insert of the national edition of the Pittsburgh Courier, an historic African-American-owned newspaper that was, as Brown called it, “four pages of black news.”
It was in this section of the paper that he first read about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering all-black bomber group that rose to fame for their fearlessness and peerless combat record. This was

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