Buffalo soldiers and Tuskegee Airman at Owens

Report by Erica Shaffer - email
Posted by LS

TOLEDO (WTOL) - As Black History Month comes to an end, Owens Community College decided to team up with the U.S. Army to celebrate in a special way.

The event was called Portrait of America. In it, the army brings 223 years of history to life to help tear down racial boundaries and raise educational awareness.

Veterans from the Tuskegee Airman and the Buffalo Soldiers were on hand to share experiences with students. The former soldiers are some of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. military.

Although the former soldiers stole the show, there were other things to see and do. Students had the opportunity to watch performances, play army themed video games and pick up goodies from the army.

Former Buffalo Soldier Harry Winfield says during these events, he gets a chance to reflect on his life. "I was born in the same year Martin Luther King was... 1929. I've been through the depression, WW II and the Korean war. So I've seen a lot. I've experienced a lot... But it hasn't embittered me. That's the one thing... I've learned from it, and I think that I have grown."