A post office in Harlem is being dedicated in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. For those who don’t know, the Tuskegee Airmen were African-American World War Two pilots, who fought for our country and broke the racial discrimination barrier. They flew with honor in a then-segregated military.
"We didn't know we were making history at the time,” says 100-year-old Willfred Defour. The former aircraft technician adds, “We were just doing our job." And they did – before they were done, members flew more than 15-hundred raids in Europe and North Africa during the war.
As for how this all happened, it’s thanks to the work of Rep. Adriano Espaillat, whose congressional bill paved the way for the change. “They were really known for breaking racial barriers in the military, and were active in fighting against Jim Crow in the South,” Espaillat explains. “It is a fitting tribute to honor their memory and contribution to this country.”
Source: New York Daily News