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AF's highest ranking African-American shares ties to civil rights movement: On April 23, 1951, more than 450 stu...

AF's highest ranking African-American shares ties to civil rights movement: On April 23, 1951, more than 450 stu...

-- On April 23, 1951, more than 450 students collectively walked out the front doors of the all-black, R. R. Moton High School in Farmville, Va., and marched to the home doorsteps of school-board members in the community. Among the students who walked out that day was Selma Gaines, now Selma Spencer, the mother of Gen. Larry Spencer, the Air Force vice chief of staff and the service's highest ranking African-American. "I am reminded of Dr. King's words, 'Courage is an inner resolution to go forth despite obstacles. Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances,'" said Spencer as the keynote speaker at Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville Jan.12. "What happened here at Moton High School is something that we all should be proud of ... because it changed history. It changed where this country was going. It woke this country up. It led to de-segregating our schools." Fu...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123333167

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