Little Known Black History Fact: Colonel Ruth Lucas

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From 1951 to 1954, Colonel Lucas was stationed in Tokyo, and while she worked with the Air Force, she taught Japanese schoolchildren and high school students how to speak English during her off hours. She also served as Chief of the Awards division simultaneously. In 1967, Colonel Lucas worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on improving test efforts in Washington DC. She also completed work with the National Urban League’s tutoring programs. A typical day for Colonel Lucas would begin with a briefing from the Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense for Education.

Colonel Ruth Lucas passed away in March of this year. She was given a ceremony with full military honors including gun salutes, an official Air Force band and soldiers on horseback at Arlington National Cemetery. Presiding over her services was Air Force chaplain, Maj. Robin Stephenson-Bratcher.

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