F303 Winter 2019 The Racial Integration of the United States Air Force
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Feb. 5–Feb. 12
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Alan Gropman
Dr. Gropman will conduct a discussion on the racial integration of the United States Air Force, based on research for his book The Air Force Integrates: 1945–1964. He will discuss the extremely racist setting in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, the role of the Tuskegee Airmen in changing the attitude of Air Force leadership, and the basis for the Freeman Field Mutiny. He will also address the problems dealing with bigoted archivists preventing the use of illegally classified material, the role played by domestic politics in the integration saga, and the true hero of military racial integration.
Alan Gropman, a retired Air Force colonel, has a PhD in black military history and was chairman of the Grand Strategy Department at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He has written four books and numerous other publications.