Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Red Tail Angels: Black Fighter Pilots in WW II

Wilsonville Old Church & Pub - Wilsonville Old Church

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Red Tail Angels: Black Fighter Pilots in WW II

Red Tail Angels: Black Fighter Pilots in WW II

Presented by Sig Unander, Jr., Historian & Author

The first black pilots to see air combat blazed a trail of glory in the frozen skies over Europe in the darkest days of World War II. The legendary “Tuskegee Airmen” fought Nazi tyranny abroad, earning high honors for valor. Their competence and determination helped end segregation in the  armed forces and foreshadowed the civil rights movement.

Learn how these young aviators, under iron-willed General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. made an inspiring record and changed history. Author/historian Sig Unander brings their true story to life and reveals details of “Red Tail” pilots from the Northwest, including University of Oregon track star Robert Deiz, who shot down two German fighter planes.

About the Speaker:

A professional communicator and community leader, Sig is a native of Portland, Oregon. He began his career working in broadcast and print journalism at media outlets in New Mexico, Minnesota and Georgia and as a freelance writer. Returning to Oregon, he worked for KYTE and KLLB, Portland, helped launch the annual Rose Festival Air Show, worked as a communications specialist, ran a fine art publishing company and edited a business magazine. More recently, he held positions as Director of Public Relations with Latin Media Northwest and Project Development Director with Eravision, a Los Angeles film production company.

Sig owns Presentations That Inspire, a public speaking, writing, editing and consulting business located in a Portland suburb. Known for meticulous writing and research, he works with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, libraries and private clients on diverse projects. He is a member of Authors Guild, Willamette Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists and Northwest Writers & Publishers Association.

A strong advocate of public service, Sig has served as an elected city councilor and an appointed commissioner on several county government boards and committees. He has served as Vice-President of the Public Affairs Forum, President of the Simon Benson Fund and a board member of several other nonprofits. He is active in chambers of commerce and civic organizations and writes editorials and opinion pieces highlighting current issues.

Sig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Pacific University and served as President of its Alumni Association board. He also holds a post-baccalaureate degree in Latin American Studies from Portland State University.

About Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp