This week on a special episode of Street Beat, host Syma Chowdhry pays tribute to black military heroes who had to fight racism before they could fight overseas.

First, we present a special profile on three Detroit area Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black fighter pilots:  Lieutenant Colonel Harry T. Stewart, Lieutenant Colonel Washington Ross, and Private First Class William Horton Thompson.

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Then Larry Sargent stops by to share information about the National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Next, documentary producer Ted Talbert, who told the story of the Tuskegee Airmen over 20 years ago, and Vickie Thomas from the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, talk about Talbert’s documentary “An Eagle Should Fly.”

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Then two Detroit area Montford Point Marines, Gunnery Sergeant Henry L. Baul and Corporal Calvin Moore, talk about breaking racial barriers in the Marine Corps.