Criers — 05 September 2012

An exhibit commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel, will visit St. Cloud in the coming week.
The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron will welcome visitors at its free RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit noon-7 p.m. daily Sept. 11-15 at St. Cloud City Hall, 400 Second St. S.
The exhibit is a customized 53-foot trailer with expandable sides that houses a 160-degree panoramic curved movie screen and seating for 35. It shows a short original movie called “RISE ABOVE” that focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II.
The first day of the exhibit will feature Tuskegee Airman (and Buffalo Soldier) James Cooper who will speak about his wartime experiences via a live stream from his home. The speech will start at 6:30 p.m. and be streamed to the St. Cloud City Hall and St. Cloud State University.
Since there is a seating capacity limit for the movie showings, groups are strongly encouraged to call or email to schedule a time for their visit.
For more information, please contact Mamie Singleton by phone at 651-270-7266 or email at mamiesingleton302@gmail.com.
The visit is sponsored by Youth Initiative Mentoring Academies with assistance from the City of St. Cloud and St. Cloud State University.

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Unique traveling exhibit honoring Tuskegee Airmen
coming to St. Cloud

The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron welcomes visitors at its free RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit from noon to 7 p.m. daily Sept. 11-15 at St. Cloud City Hall, 400 2nd St. S.
The RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit is a customized 53-foot trailer with expandable sides that houses a 160-degree panoramic curved movie screen and seating for 35 in climate-controlled comfort. It shows a short original movie called “RISE ABOVE” that focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel – had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II.
The visit is sponsored by Youth Initiative Mentoring Academies with assistance from the City of St. Cloud and St. Cloud State University.
The CAF Red Tail Squadron uses the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit – along with a restored P51-C Mustang fighter – to create interest in the inspiring story of how the young black men who would become known as the Tuskegee Airmen faced numerous obstacles as they worked toward their goal of becoming U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early 1940s. The colorful graphics on the outside of the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit show the airplane and the movie shown inside features it as well.
The RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit reflects the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s educational mission of showing people – especially young people – how it is possible to set a goal and succeed even when the odds are against you – just like the Tuskegee Airmen did. The Squadron has distilled the Airmen’s experiences into six guiding RISE ABOVE principles to help with this mission:
Aim High                Believe In Yourself            Use Your Brain
Never Quit               Be Ready To Go                Expect To Win
The free CAF Red Tail Squadron RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit will welcome visitors from noon to 7 p.m. daily, Sept. 11-15 at St. Cloud City Hall.
Since there is a seating capacity limit for the movie showings, groups are strongly encouraged to call or email to schedule a time for their visit.  Contact Mamie Singleton by phone at 651-270-7266 or email at mamiesingleton302@gmail.com
Tuskegee Airman James Cooper Event
On Sept. 11 – the first day the RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit will be open to the public in St. Cloud – Tuskegee Airman (and Buffalo Soldier) James Cooper will speak about his wartime experiences via a live stream from his home.  The speech will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed to the St. Cloud City Hall and St. Cloud State College. For more information, please contact Mamie Singleton by phone at 651-270-7266 or email at mamiesingleton302@gmail.com

About the CAF:
Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF, based in Midland, Texas, is dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 8,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or call (432) 563-1000. For more information about the CAF Red Tail Squadron, visit www.redtail.org.

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TaLeiza Calloway
TaLeiza Calloway

TaLeiza Calloway is a professional journalist in Central Minnesota. Her byline has appeared in the St. Cloud Times and Central Minnesota Women Magazine. The Ohio native moved to Minnesota about four years ago. She joined the St. Joseph Newsleader staff as a reporter in November 2011.

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