Obama honors Tuskegee Airmen

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Barack Obama has said he's standing on the shoulders of George Hickman and his trailblazing colleagues.
Now Hickman and friends will join Obama as he becomes president Tuesday.

The 84-year-old Hickman is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the country's first black military pilots and ground crew, who fought in World War II. They returned home to discrimination, exclusion from victory parades — and, as Hickman recalls, the humiliation of being pushed off sidewalks in the South and spit at while in uniform.

More than 60 years later, Hickman and many of the approximately 330 living Tuskegee Airmen are proudly accepting Obama's invitation to attend next week's inauguration.

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