Today In Black History: June 9
Today In Black History: June 9

Today In Black History: June 9


June 9, 1995 - Lincoln J. Ragsdale, pioneer fighter pilot of World War II, dies

Lincoln J. Ragsdale, pioneering African-American fighter pilot, civil rights leader and entrepreneur died on June 9, 1995, of colon cancer. He was 69.

After WWII, Ragsdale graduated from flight training at Tuskegee Army Airfield and later became a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, becoming one of the first 1,000 Black men to be integrated into the armed forces.

"I remember when we used to walk through Black neighborhoods right after the war and little kids would run up to us and touch our uniforms, 'Mister, can you really fly an airplane?' The Tuskegee airmen gave Blacks a reason to be proud,” Ragsdale said.

After the war, Ragsdale became the head of the Phoenix branch of the NAACP and ran a successful business in the south. 


BET National News - Keep up to date with breaking news stories from around the nation, including headlines from the hip hop and entertainment world. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.  

Get ready for the BET Experience, featuring Mary J. BligeMaxwellJill ScottA$AP RockyRick Ross and many more. Click here for more details and info on how to purchase tickets.


(Photo: Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

Written by Nicole Phillip

Previous article Today In Black History: June 1 (extended)
Next article Today In Black History: June 8

Leave a comment

* Required fields