He spoke about the racial situation in the armed services during WWII. He said he was an American soldier just returning from the war. He was a fighter pilot.
He dressed carefully in his dress uniform He shined his wings and his captain bars. He wanted to look his best for his mother and father. They had never seen him in his officer’s uniform. He got on the bus…the bus was not crowded…as he handed the bus driver his fare, the driver took the money and handed him his change with these words…”take a seat in the back of the bus”. The Tuskegee Airman paused at those words. He was overcome by that memory then softly finished his story.
His hurt and disappointment in retelling the story of being ordered to sit in the back of the bus after just returning from the war was still a raw and hurtful memory for him.