Black History Facts and Upcoming Events at Tri-C

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In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African American president in the United States. He was the 44th president who occupied the White House for two consecutive terms serving 2009 to 2017. He is known for:

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
  • Budget Control Act of 2011
  • American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
  • First sitting president to support same sex marriage
  • Ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War
  • Ordered the military operation that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden.

The Tuskegee Airmen are a group of African American pilots who overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest U.S. fighter groups in World War II. The 996 pilots and 15,000 ground personnel who served with them were credited with 15,500 combat stories and earned over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses for their achievements.

In appreciation of Black History Month 2018, Kenneth Cash, Tri-C’s Instructional Specialist, will be showcasing an exhibit of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and their relationship to Tri-C Metro and about a significant unique character from the past. “I admire The Tuskegee Airmen because of their outstanding service by exhibiting tremendous skill in very significantly helping to defeat a foe who wanted to dominate

United States’ citizens and for disproving the ridiculous notion at that time of a race of people incapable of operating complex machinery, in this case–fighter aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen’s legendary aerial performance led to the integration of the U.S. military,” says Cash.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Panel Discussion and Networking Event, Friday, February 16, 2018 @ Noon–1:30 p.m., Metro Campus MTC 229

Metro Campus Black History Film Festival–Movie Screening: Red Tails (Tuskegee Airmen) Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre (MCCA 108)

Metro Campus Black History Film Festival Movie Screening: The Birth of a Nation (2016), Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre (MCCA 108)

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