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Lowell Steward dies at 95; decorated WWII Tuskegee Airman
Lowell Steward dies at 95; decorated WWII Tuskegee Airman

When Lowell Steward was a student at Santa Barbara State College, he and other members of the school's basketball team decided to enlist in the Army Air Forces. The others were accepted. "The powers-that-be seemed to be saying that Negroes couldn't fly an airplane," Steward told The Times in 1990. "They didn't believe that Negroes had the mental capacity to do anything other than menial jobs. I had never touched an airplane, but that so incensed me that I said, 'Hell, I know I can fly.' " And so he did. After 10 months of being told to wait, Steward enlisted in a new World War II military unit — an organization created by the...

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