Caption: Men of Sigma with Tuskegee Airmen Jerry Hodges (sitting Left) and Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Co. Ted Lumpkin Jr. (sitting Right). [Photo Credit: Nia Warren]
The Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. were leading sponsors and facilitators in a reception and conversation series at the University of Southern California featuring The Tuskegee Airmen. The event was well attended by community members, students, faculty, staff, and senior campus administrators-- The Interim President of USC, Dr. Wanda Austin (the first African-American and first female president of USC) brought greetings to attendees and to the Airmen and was recognized for her achievements by Bro. Dr. Theo Fowles.
Caption: Bro. Dr. Theo Fowles presenting Interim President Dr. Wanda M. Austin with a certificate of recognition as the first African American and first female president of USC. [Photo Credit: Nia Warren]
Bro. Sedaka Brown--a Senior at USC majoring in Sociology, and Fall 2018 Kappa Delta Sigma Associate Member--continued the program by highlighting a brief history of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and highlighting members of both our wondrous band and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Phi Beta Sigma grew deep roots at Tuskegee University. Tuskegee was home to Bro. Dr. Robert Russa Moton, who served as the university's 2nd President and he field upon which Tuskegee Airmen trained, Moton Field, was named for him. Men of Phi Beta Sigma who are also Tuskegee Airmen including Bro. Henry L. Moore, Bro. David Toliver Sr., Bro. Phillip F. Lee, and Bro. James Anderson.
Caption: Bro. Sedaka Brown presents the history of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and The Tuskegee Airmen. [Photo Credit: Nia Warren]
After sharing this history, Bro. Brown co-facilitated a conversation with Airmen Lt. Co. Ted Lumpkin, Jr. and Airmen Jerry Hodges, both Alumni of USC, who shared their experiences serving, flying, and breaking barriers as The Red Tails. Each airmen was presented with a certificate of recognition by the Men of Phi Beta Sigma and received official pins of recognition from the USC Black Alumni Association.
Caption: Tuskegee Airmen Jerry Hodges (sitting Left) and Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Co. Ted Lumpkin Jr. (sitting Right). [Photo Credit: USC Communications]
The reception and discussion was co-sponsored by the USC Black Alumni Association, the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, the USC Veterans Resource Center, and the USC Black Student Assembly.