Letter from Joycelin Tomlin, Chapter President

June 17, 2020


Dear LACTAI Members,


May this note find you and your families safe and sound. This is a time like no other, a global pandemic, a lack of leadership at the highest level and a social revolution. As we move through this turbulence, it is my sincere hope that we all come out realizing that, like our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and ancestors, we are survivors, the fittest survivors. We are filled with hope, a collective consciousness that we are strong and better times are within reach. 


Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative, said, “Hope empowers you. You have to be hopeful about the things you can do.”


I am hopeful about the things we can do. We can share the Tuskegee Airmen legacy of preparedness, dignity, self-control, and excellence. Here are a few things you can do today.


Start by reaching out to Tuskegee Airmen and then let them know that it is an honor and a privilege to know them and how grateful you are that they stood for justice and equality.     


  •  Call and send notes to Frances Ashford, Reginald Ballard, Jerry Hodges, Isham “Rusty” Burns, Robert Higginbotham, Harlan Leonard, Ted Lumpkin, Henry Polite, Monte Posey, Walter Thomas, Levi Thornhill, and Edward Tillmon


  • Call and send notes to the spouses, Dorothy Thornhill, Treneta Burns, Georgia Lumpkin, Harweda Polite, Margaret Higginbotham, and Barbara Tillmon


  • Call and send notes to the surviving spouses Mrs. Robert Taylor, Lois Wallace, Lee Esther Hughes, Jeraldine Lehman, Sallie Pratt, Helen McKnight, and Mae Terry

 Finally, we can continue to encourage and support our young people to study their history, be hopeful, and hold themselves in high regard.



Thanks for your understanding. Stay safe !

Best regards,

Joycelin Tomlin

President, LACTAI

(909) 633-6788


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