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Panel to discuss Tuskegee Airmen and 'Red Tails' movie

The Ohio University Department of African American Studies will host a panel discussion about the role the Tuskegee Airmen played in World War II and their depiction in the movie "Red Tails."

The free and open to the public discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Baker University Center 240.

Panelists will include: Marvin Fletcher, professor of history at Ohio University and expert in U.S. military history; retired Ohio University administrator Charlene E. Smith, author of "Tuskegee Airmen: Biography of Charles McGee"; and Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Cantu, professor of aerospace studies and commander of Ohio University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 650.

"Red Tails," which was produced and directed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, depicts the legendary exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen. The film illustrates the pilots' intersection of African American history, military history and civil rights in the U.S.