Given the aviation connection at York College (www.york.cuny.edu) and the demography of our location (situated between two major airports), we are previewing the first phase of the installation of the Tuskegee Airmen Gallery at York College at our 2nd Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the College’s Performing Arts Center. Several components of the interactive, state-of-the-art exhibit will be on view. The goal of the gala is to raise funds for scholarships to recruit and retain better prepared students. The Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to almost 300 students over the past three years, including those in the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Honors and Aviation Management program.
The Gallery will be a “journey of encounters” with the Airmen – before, during and after the war. It will partner with the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (http://www.nps.gov) in Alabama to rotate exhibits and serve as a unique educational experience that involves history, sociology, anthropology, music, literature, theater and the science surrounding aviation. There will be displays for awards, posters, banners, kiosks, timelines, statues, and audio visual features.
“One of the highlights of our upcoming annual benefit is to salute the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen. In fact, the father of the evening’s performer, the Tony-award winning stage and film actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, is a Tuskegee Airman,” said York College President Marcia V. Keizs. “This new gallery is an inspired continuation of our longstanding relationship with these celebrated American heroes.”
York College is the nexus for Tuskegee Airmen who have roots in the Jamaica community. They have developed an ongoing relationship with York, which is the only CUNY College to have an Aviation Institute and a BS in Aviation Management. Over the years, the College has hosted several events recognizing and honoring them for their heroism and achievements as well as their place in American social, cultural and military history.
York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, communications technology, computer science, social work, teacher education, various health professions and aviation management. York College is the only CUNY senior college offering majors in gerontology, biotechnology, information systems management and a BS/MS degree in occupational therapy. For more information: http://www.york.cuny.edu