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Scholarship banquet will honor the group during the diamond anniversary celebration

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Tuskegee Airmen

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Four of the original Tuskegee Airman will visit the University of Denver campus Friday to take part in an annual awards and scholarship banquet hosted by the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones (HLHJ) Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the event center at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. Amelia Earhart, a reporter with 9News, will be the keynote speaker.

In honor of the Tuskegee Airmen’s diamond anniversary, the program will celebrate their achievements and recognize the major milestone in aviation’s history by honoring the remaining Colorado Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen, as well as recognize four of Colorado’s top youth. The HLHJ Chapter has a $50,000 endowed scholarship at the University of Denver.

It was 75 years ago that the airmen made history. The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of fighter pilots, becoming the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. They defied the belief of the day that black men were not smart enough to become pilots, and they put their lives at risk by serving their country while being subjected to racial discrimination at home and abroad.