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Published February 24, 2013, 06:00 PM

The story of Tuskegee Airmen is shared in Grand Forks

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hollywood films are made after the Tuskegee Airmen, but the story is seldom taught in public schools.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hollywood films are made after the Tuskegee Airmen, but the story is seldom taught in public schools.

Historian Ron Spriggs hopes to change that. Spriggs spoke at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks today about how the black airmen from Alabama risked their lives to help defeat Germany during World War II.

He travels the world to share this piece of history, which he says is a story of motivation and overcoming discrimination.

Spriggs says, "They overcame segregation during some of those hardship days and years. And at the same time they helped America to defeat the Axis powers. that is their true legacy."

Lorna Hollowell with University of Minnesota Crookston says, "You can push forward as these airmen did and that you can accomplish great things, not only for your own lives, but also for others."

Spriggs speaks in Crookston tomorrow. On Tuesday, he'll be at the Grand Forks Air Force Base before stopping at UND.

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