It is not often one can learn history from history itself. Winton Woods High School (WWHS) students were given that extraordinary opportunity when American hero Leslie Edwards of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen gave a powerful presentation about his life story and journey.
The event began with an educational video about the trials and challenges the Tuskegee Airmen faced during and upon return from their service in World War II. “The Tuskegee Airmen were originally supposed to be an experiment but they met and exceeded the expectations of the mission they were given,” said Carole Quackenbush, organizer of the speaking event and Winton Woods City Schools parent. “Currently, the purpose of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen is for youth to understand their legacy. They are the future.”
WWHS Senior Jada Ensley attended the event and chose Edwards for her history project.“There is no book that could provide all the details and information I learned from Mr. Edwards,” said Ensley. “He taught me the importance of knowing yourself. I feel I can make an impact because he is a living example of it.”
When asked what he wanted students to take away from his presentation, Edwards said, “Identify yourself— know who you are.” At the end of the event, students seized the occasion to interview and take pictures with the veteran.