Tuskegee Airman speaks to Cheyenne students about his life, dyslexia

CHEYENNE – Franklin Macon, an original Tuskegee Airman, spoke Thursday to students who don’t enjoy school. The 94-year-old asked students from Cheyenne’s Afflerbach and Cole elementary schools to raise their hands if they don’t like school. Then he said, “The rest of you – I’m not talking to you all. I didn’t like school, either, so now we’re on the same page.” He told the students funny stories about all the hell he raised as a child – both in school and out – before he learned to like school and eventually studied aeronautics at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.

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Frank at the Air Force Academy

Air Force Academy pays tribute to Tuskegee airmen who overcame radical barriers
Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Their ranks are thinning, but the legend of the Air Force’s first African-American aviators’ keeps growing. It was evident last week as the Air Force Academy honored Tuskegee airmen. Just one of the originals who overcame racial barriers to take to the skies in World War II made it. But Franklin Macon, 95, was fawned over by cadets and generals.

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