MLK Day of Service

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(Photo above from the window of a hair salon on H Street, NE)  I hope folks have a great MLK Day of Service. For those who are looking for something really interesting – check this program (in Bethesda) honoring the Tuskegee Airmen:

Open to All Ages! Public Welcome, with special invitation to Youth!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Inspirational Speaker


Tuskegee Airman Joseph Gomer

Congressional Gold Medal recipient

About the role of the Tuskegee Airmen,

their influence and Joe’s life-long work for civil rights,

and his hopeful message for America’s youth

Monday, January 19, 2009

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

9601 Cedar Lane

Bethesda, MD 20814


(3/4 mile east of Wisconsin Avenue & NIH-Medical Center Metro)

Please bring a canned or dry-goods food donation

for Manna Food Center
In March 2007, President George W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian award, to the elite Tuskegee Airmen group for their valor, exceptional skill, and patriotism as U.S. Air Force fighter pilots during World War II. Retired Air Force Major Joseph Gomer was among the Airmen present at the ceremony. For the Airmen, the Congressional honor came more than 60 years after the height of their military service to our country, during which they endured prejudice and segregation even as they and all African-Americans fought for their civil rights at home. After his military service, Joe Gomer continued his distinguished and passionate service to America as a Federal employee working for civil rights. Now in retirement – with wit, purpose, and enlightening historical recall – Joe Gomer educates and mentors America’s youth about the role of the Tuskegee Airmen, their contribution to American freedoms, and his inspirational message of the human spirit.


5 Comment

  • Thanks for the shout-out, PoP!!!!

    Little more on the event: Mr. Gomer and all other living Tuskegee Airmen were invited to attend the inauguration as special guests of Congress and President-Elect Obama, representing the role they played in the civil rights movement. Joe’s trip to Washington was funded through a lot of generosity in his home town of Duluth, MN, as well as here in town where he is being hosted free of charge. Come out and hear a great history lesson from somebody who was there!

    For more info on Joe’s work and the Airmen check out: and

  • I plan to be there. My uncle was a Tuskegee Airman, and I am so proud to honor his memory. and their service.

  • how about a year of service.
    do this and some other bit of public service everyday.
    do something. . .

  • I graduated from Tuskegee University. It is always good to hear of the remaining Airmen.

  • My dad is a Tuskegee Airman, is staying with me, and will be at the ceremony tomorrow. Really cool!

    One of my sisters gets to go with him. I’ll be out on the Mall a mile or so away, enjoying being one degree of separation away from the main event.

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