KSU dedicates building to Tuskegee Airman

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The original African-American military airmen, who overcame racial discrimination to pave the way for future black aviators, were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, hence their name, the Tuskegee Airmen.

On Thursday, four original Tuskegee Airmen attended the dedication of the Roy M. Chappell Community Education Center at Kentucky State University.

The center is now named after one of their comrades who died in September of 2002. Chappell's widow Lucy, a KSU alumna, and their daughters, Camille and Kathy, were on hand for the dedication as well as other members of his family.

The KSU concert choir opened the noon ceremony with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The dedication was attended by university officials, students, participants in the Midwest Regional Transportation forum and the public.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Juanita Fleming cut the yellow ribbon, which was held by the Tuskegee Airmen and Lucy Chappell along with her daughters.

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