The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) brings together, in a spirit of friendship and goodwill, all persons who share in the aspirations and successes of the men and women who pioneered in military aviation and in the Tuskegee Experience. We are dedicated to fostering recognition of and preserving the history of Black achievements in aviation, and to inspiring and motivating young men and women toward endeavors in aviation, aerospace, science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.


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Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day

Theme: Tuskegee Airmen:  Black Excellence Soaring to #HigherHeights

Date: March 23, 2023


Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is held annually on the fourth Thursday of March.  The East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated (ECCTAI) will host the 2023 TACD that will include the official wreath laying at United States Air Force Memorial and the world premiere performance of the Tuskegee Airmen Symphony.

Our goal for 2023 TACD is to... 

  • EDUCATE others about the achievements and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen'
  • ELEVATE the stories of the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs)' and 
  • EMPOWER the next generation of scholars in STEM and aviation by addressing funding inequities of our scholarships and the Youth in Aviation Program

Join as an inaugural partner of the 2023 Tuskegee Commemoration Day and world premier of the "Tuskegee Airmen Symphony".  Join us by December 1st to be recognized as one of our special partners. ECCTAI is a tax exempt US 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit corporation.

On March 23, 2023, the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (ECCTAI), the oldest and largest Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, will be hosting the annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day (TACD), celebrating the 82nd Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American fighter pilots and support crews to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was recognized as one of the best Fighter Groups of World War II.  The Tuskegee Airmen valiantly and expertly fought for a ‘Double Victory’. First, overseas against fascist enemy forces; and second, at home against racism, bigotry and segregation.  Their success overseas was achieved and well documented.  That success inspired the issuance of Presidential Executive Order #9981 that desegregated the entire U. S. Military in July 1948. This homeland success completed the ‘Double Victory’ and marked the start of the modern Civil Rights Movement in our nation.

ECCTAI extends a special invitation to you to partner with ECCTAI for our preeminent fundraiser that fulfills our mission topreserve the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy and address inequities for African American youth in the aviation and STEM arenas.  ECCTAI recently partnered with Alfred Street Baptist Church “Tithe the Tithe” program for a generous donation of $11,000. Following the success of the 2022 TACD celebration that highlighted Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Michael Powell, son of Colin Powell, the 2023 Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day will be like no other!  The 2023 TACD will include the official Wreath Laying ceremony at the United States Air Force Memorial and a premiere performance of "Tuskegee Airmen Symphony".  This performance is a unique opportunity to highlight black excellence by featuring an African American music composer and orchestra showcasing black musicians, an elite showcase of diversity in STEM and the arts.  Inspired by the achievements and amazing feats of the Airmen, the symphony is a creation by renowned conductor Damien Sneed and performed by the Re-Collective Orchestra, co-founded by Juilliard trained violinist Stephanie Matthews.  Both artists recently performed at CNN’s Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom and have collaborated with artists like Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, et,al.

ECCTAI is reaching out to collaborate with you in making our vision a reality with a request to provide financial assistance in underwriting the cost of the performance by December 1, 2022. 

Here are the ways you can DONATE:

— Make a donation online today, click here. Please indicate “2023 TACD”

— Send a check payable to ECCTAI w/ memo: 2023 TACD

Mail to:  East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen. Inc., Post Office Box 8234, Washington, DC 20032-8234

 We look forward to your positive response as we join together in elevating the public’s interest and awareness of the history and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen.  If you like to explore how you might support our project, please reach out to me, Deborah Keith (240) 988-2051 or Vanessa Butler at (571) 534-7466.  Sponsorship and scholarship funding options are also available, please click here

The East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated (ECCTAI), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit historical organization (EIN 51- 0231448), properly registered with the Washington DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (File No: 731758). Our DUNS number is 961695173.

Best Regards,

Jerome Hodge – President,East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airme, Inc.                                         

Stephen A. Matthews/Diane Mohr  –  Chairs, East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen,Inc. Commemoration Day Committee   

cc: Vanessa Butler, Strategic Partnerships Consultant

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2023 GRANTS  

Each year the East Coast Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) assists financially disadvantaged deserving young men and women in pursuit of education, preferably leading to careers in the fields of aviation, aerospace, and science and technology. The 2023 ECCTAI Grant application will be available soon!  Learn more on the Grants page.


ECCTAI has speakers that are available to speak at events and make special appearances, to request a speaker please press the Request a Speaker button above. 

Please ensure your request timeline is 60-90 days in advance of the event for the local Tuskegee Airmen or National Officer attendance.


The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) is the largest and most active chapter in the national organization. Join now and start making a difference.

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Washington, DC 20032-8234

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