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Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Harold Brown to visit Urbana University

Urbana, OH (February 10, 2020)

On April 7, 2020, Urbana University students, and community visitors will have the unique opportunity to engage with history when Lieutenant Colonel Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman, visits campus to talk about the role he and other black men played in World War II.  

As one of the 992 Tuskegee pilots, Lt. Col. Brown represents the elite group of African American pilots and support personnel who fought for the right to fly in World War II, playing a significant role in the integration of our military. At 95 years old, and a true servant leader, Lt. Col. Brown will be joined by his wife, Marsha Bordner, and will share his inspiring story, while motivating others to persevere in the face of obstacles.

Lt. Col. Brown’s presentation will include a video, a question and answer segment, followed by a book signing. All are welcome to join and share in this rich and important part of our American history. The event is sponsored by the Champaign Aviation Museum, Hillman and Associates, and Urbana University.  For more information contact Tammy Leiker, Director, Alumni Relations & Development, Urbana University at or at (937)772.9246.

About Brown
At a young age, a determined Harold Brown envisioned himself as a pilot. Years later, Lt. Col. Brown fulfilled that dream, serving in World War II as a Tuskegee Airman. After receiving his initial flight training at the segregated U.S. Army Air Corps base in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lt. Col. Brown was stationed overseas in Ramitelli, Italy, with the responsibility of protecting bombers on their missions. During their tenure in Europe, the Tuskegee Airmen were so successful that they were nicknamed “The Red Tails” and “Red Tailed Angels,” because few bombers were lost during their missions. In the height of Lt. Col. Brown’s time of service, he was held in a German prisoner of war camp after his P-51 Mustang was shot down over enemy territory. Lt. Col. Brown’s military tenure continued after World War II, concluding in 1965 after 23 years of service. He continued his servant  leadership by going on to hold a successful career in higher education, and later founded Brown & Associates, an educational consulting firm.

Event Details
Who: Lt. Col. Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman, and his wife, Marsha Bordner 
What: Lieutenant Colonel Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman visit
Where: Sara Landess Room, Urbana University campus
Date: April 7, 2020 
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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