Museum brings history to D’ville

Flight officer, Calvin Moret stands at the podium Saturday in front of the River Road African American Museum to speak to a crowd.

The River Road African American Museum brought history to Donaldsonville Saturday at its site. It brought to the city, Flight Officer Calvin Moret, an original Tuskegee Airman.

Moret featured as the guest speaker before the museum showed the film, “Red Tails,” which is about the Tuskegee Airmen. Moret said none of the characters depict him. However, there were 992 graduates to finish there and about 450 of them were sent over overseas to fight in the war from 1941-1945.

After Moret was introduced, he took the podium in front of a small crowd and first wanted to let the people know the accomplishments the Tuskegee Airmen helped to achieve for the future. He talked about during that time, African Americans were looked at as untalented, incapable persons yet they were good enough to go and fight and die for our country.

Moret explained as a little boy he was always fascinated with airplanes and when he turned 18 years old, he applied to the Aviation Cadet Program. The rest is history, literally.

“I feel good I survived to this point in history,” Moret said. “

Moret also talked about the forces that detour the youth today from reaching success and finding their goal-setting.

“Each one of us has 24 hours a day, the richest man doesn’t have one second more in his day than the poorest man on Earth,” Moret said. “But how we use that time is all important.”

He said if we are going to twitter away all of our early years, how are we going to be prepared to do something worth while in later life.

“I admonish and certainly advocate to young people to buckle down to learning whatever it is that persuits might carry them,” Moret said, “to be well prepared so that they can move into the mainstream of the American life.”

At the end of his speech, Moret wanted to share some philosophical statements that he developed. After he shared those, he was presented with gifts. One featured the key to the city of Donaldsonville presented by City Councilman, Charles Brown of District 4.

After the speaking portion of the program was finished, the museum showed, “Red Tails.”