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Aug 05

A Brief History of the Tuskeegee Airmen

Our guest speaker for the August 6, 1st Saturday in August Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast will be Ms. Zellie Rainey Orr. Ms Orr, a native of Indianola, MS. Is an award-winning historian, researcher and consultant.  She has championed causes worldwide impacting diversity and inclusion. Her presentation will focus on her involvement with the Tuskeegee Airmen.

A barrier breaker, Zellie was one of five black students to desegregate Indianola High School in 1967, the 1st black Personal Lines Underwriter, Kemper Insurance (Los Angeles, CA); 1st black female Personal Lines Underwriter, Commercial Union Insurance Co. (Atlanta, GA); 1st black Technical Writer, Windsor Group Insurance Co. (Atlanta, GA) and 1st woman elected President of Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in 2011.

Pursuing a Bachelor’s in Journalism, she studied at Los Angeles City College and San Fernando Valley State College and at corporate institutes.

Assuring the contributions of unsung heroes are remembered, Zellie’s efforts promote tangible recognition worldwide. Among these: naming of 56-unit apartment complex in Mississippi in honor of deceased Civil Rights Pioneer, Charlie Scattergood;  locating (60 years later) burial site of Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Quitman Walker, in Belgium; erecting of State Historical Markers; discovery of “missing” 1949 USAF Weapons Meet “Top Gun” Trophy won by 332nd Fighter Group a/k/a Tuskegee Airmen. (Trophy’s now reposed at National Museum of USAF in Dayton, OH and available for viewing by its more than 1.2 million tourists who visit the facility annually); ‘renaming’ of Camp Creek Parkway in metro-Atlanta, “Tuskegee Airmen Parkway.”

Zellie is the mother of two daughters, Kai and Nia, she resides in Smyrna, Georgia.

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