NEW DATE/LOCATION: Tuskegee Airmen Free film/panel discussion


Debra Levey Larson

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen
Members of the Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen: Film and Panel
Friday, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
NCSA auditorium, 1205 W. Clark St. Urbana

To assist with planning, please register to attend in-person or virtually.

As you drive into Champaign County, you may have seen green highway signs that read Birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen—the all-Black aviators in WW II.  The 99th Pursuit Squadron, which later became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, was formed at Chanute Airfield in Rantoul in 1941.

To showcase the remarkable work and skills of these pilots, the University of Illinois Department of Aerospace Engineering and student group Minorities in Aerospace will host a free screening of the 60-minute Lucasfilm documentary "Double Victory: Tuskegee Airmen at War,” followed by a panel discussion.  The Department of African American Studies at UIUC is co-sponsoring the event.

The film and discussion will be Friday, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at 1205 W. Clark St. in Urbana. 

The panelists include:

  • Ronald Bailey, professor and head of the Department of African American Studies at UIUC;
  • Reginald DuValle, Air Force veteran, who was first stationed at Chanute Air Force Base, and president of the Indianapolis Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.;
  • U.S. Air Force Captain Sidney Ganison, pilot with the 458th Airlift Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois who recently made history as a member of the first all-African American crew to land a C-21 at Alabama's historic Tuskegee Airfield;
  • U.S. Navy Captain Alex Hampton, (BS '99 Gies College of Business) Deputy Airwing Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7 with over 3,100 F/A-18 flight hours and more than 850 carrier landings.

four panelists

The title of the film alludes to victory over fascism in the war and racism at home. The success of the Tuskegee Airmen at flying and fighting with a variety of combat aircraft in World War II paved the way for racial integration of the armed forces.  

This event will follow all campus Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event.