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Reginald Brewster (1917–2020), Tuskegee Airman

by Linnea Crowther

Reginald Brewster was a lawyer who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, the legendary group of black pilots and support staff.

Serving his country despite discrimination

Brewster served in England and France during the war as the secretary to the base commander. He was keenly aware of discrimination at home in the U.S., seeing segregation and scorn in his daily life. He noted that he was treated much better abroad than he was at home, telling Spectrum News in a 2017 interview, “I had two families who wanted to adopt me.” After the war, Brewster knew that education would be important for his success, so he attended Fordham College and then received his law degree from Fordham Law. He practiced civil law until his retirement at age 90.

Notable quote

“I don’t think the contributions that blacks have made should be minimized. It’s not the height that we attained, but it’s the depth from which we came.” —from a 2018 interview with Fordham Law News

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Tributes to Reginald Brewster

Full obituary: Spectrum News

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