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Ron Spriggs Keeps Tuskegee Airmen History Alive at UK Event

By Aly Bourne

Ron Spriggs, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of the Ron Spriggs Exhibit of Tuskegee Airmen (RSETA), will speak on campus at an event presented by UK Air Force ROTC Detachment 290. The free public talk, which will begin 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the William T. Young Auditorium, will be focused on the historic military unit.

An integral part of World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen fought for the United States in defeat of the AXIS powers all while overcoming segregation. The group of African American pilots were the first African American military aviators in U.S. armed forces history.

Founded in 2002, RSETA works to communicate the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen to not only black history, but all American history. Operating on the belief that “history untold is history lost,” RSETA makes it their goal to keep the history of the Tuskegee Airmen alive through their traveling presentations.

The RSETA will be presented as part of the Year of Equity in UK’s College of Arts and Sciences. Part of the college's Passport to the World initiative, the programming intends to celebrate different history and cultures throughout the world. This is demonstrated through a series of "meaningful dialogue on issues across race, gender, ability, sexuality, class, ethnicity, citizenship status, and religion on our own campus, in central Kentucky, and around the globe." To view the full list of events for the Year of Equity visit

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