African Amer­i­cans’ WWII ex­pe­ri­ence

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - — Jay Jones

The name of a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional WWII Mu­seum in New Or­leans speaks vol­umes about the ex­pe­ri­ence of African Amer­i­cans in the mil­i­tary: “Fight­ing for the Right to Fight” opens Satur­day. An eight-minute film re­counts the story of the 332nd Fighter Group, bet­ter known as the Tuskegee Air­men. Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” nar­rated the film. Her fa­ther, Col. Lawrence Roberts, served in the 332nd as one of Amer­ica’s first black fighter pilots. Be­sides the or­di­nary peo­ple who strug­gled to over­come in­jus­tice, the ex­hi­bi­tion also rec­og­nizes some fa­mous African Amer­i­cans who served dur­ing World War II, in­clud­ing en­ter­tainer Sammy Davis Jr. (Army), au­thor Alex Ha­ley (Coast Guard) and civil rights ac­tivist Medgar Evers (Army). Info: (877) 813-3329,­tion­al­ww2­mu­

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