World War II Hero visited A&M-Commerce March 7By Kim Williams
Commerce, TEXAS—Surviving Tuskegee Airman Army Lieutenant Calvin J. Spann visited Texas A&M University-Commerce March 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Social Science Auditorium.
A&M-Commerce and the community had an exciting opportunity to see history come to life as Spann, one of the first black military aviators in United States history, shared his story as a Tuskegee Airman. Spann is one of few surviving airmen from the original 996 pilots who trained at the Tuskegee Army Airfield between 1941 and 1946.
Now in his late eighties, Spann is part of the legacy that inspired the new movie Red Tails.
The event was open to the public at no cost and hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Alumni Relations, and Dr. Mary Hendrix, vice president of student access and success.
This event was part of A&M-Commerce’s celebration of Living Legends Lecture Series.