World War II Hero to Visit A&M-Commerce

Mar 2, 2012

COMMERCE - A surviving Tuskegee Airman will share his story with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Family on March 7.

The event will be hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., VP Student Access & Success and Alumni Relations Office.

The university and the surrounding community will have an exciting opportunity to see history come to life as Army Lieutenant Calvin J. Spann shares his story as a Tuskegee Airman, one of the first black military aviators in U.S. history. Spann, now in his late eighties, and very few other surviving airmen are all that remain from the original 996 pilots who trained at the Tuskegee Army Airfield between 1941 and 1946, the basis for the new movie “Red Tails.”  

As part of A&M- Commerce’s celebration of the Living Legends Lecture Series, the Eta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and Theta Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host a Round table Lecture with Lt. Spann on Wednesday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Auditorium. After sharing his story, Spann will answer attendee questions.