Author Marsha S. Bordner to speak about Tuskegee Airman at Presidential History Book Club

Jan 23, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments


Marsha S. Bordner will talk about her book, “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman,” at the Jan. 31 Presidential History Book Club. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“Keep Your Airspeed Up” is tells the story of Tuskegee Airman, Col. Harold H. Brown.

A co-author of a book about the life of Tuskegee Airman Harold H. Brown of Catawba Island will speak to the Presidential History Book Club at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums during its January meeting.

Marsha S. Bordner will give a presentation on the book she co-authored, “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman,” about the life of her husband, Col. Harold H. Brown, during the book club’s meeting at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Hayes Presidential. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Brown, a World War II veteran and one of the original 930 Tuskegee Airmen, died last year.

The book club meetings are free and open to the public. Attendees do not need to read the books to attend.

“Keep Your Airspeed Up” is Brown’s memoir. He overcame the despair of racial segregation to lead a life of service and accomplishment as a military aviator, educator and American citizen.

During the 1930s and 1940s, longstanding policies of racial discrimination were called into question, as it became clear that America would likely be drawn into World War II. The military reluctantly allowed for the development of a flight-training program for a limited number of African Americans on a segregated base in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen, as well as other African Americans in the armed forces, had the unique experience of fighting two wars at once: one against Hitler’s fascist regime overseas and one against racial segregation at home.

Brown fought as a combat pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II and was captured and imprisoned in Stalag VII A in Moosburg, Germany, where he was liberated by Gen. George S. Patton on April 29, 1945.

Upon returning home, Brown noted with acute disappointment that race relations in the United States hadn’t changed. It wasn’t until 1948 that the military desegregated, which many scholars argue would not have been possible without the exemplary performance of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Presidential History Book Club is sponsored by Richard and Kathy Smith.

Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081 or visit

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