Zellie Rainey Orr
Author - Historian - Consultant
History as witness:
Education through Preservation
Transforming lives through research and development, Ms. Orr impacts millions annually. Her God-given skill, the unearthing of information and artifacts worldwide, has garnered exposure via books, historical markers, museums, radio and televised media…including the History Channel.
Education through Preservation leads the way in procuring tangible recognition of heroic individuals and groups, places and events, involving blacks nationwide. Through these and other efforts, including lectures and exhibits, Ms. Orr’s guidance has bought to fruition such projects as the “Freedom School Bombing” marker (Indianola, MS), the naming of Camp Creek Parkway, “Tuskegee Airmen Parkway.” She is also a credited contributor to the Georgia 8th Grade Social Studies Textbook, “Georgia A History of Change And Progress.” Ms. Orr, a distinguished World Intellectual by the Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England, is the former National Historian of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) and first woman President of the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Her latest reprint of “Heroes In War – Heroes At Home: FIRST TOP GUNS,” published in 2012, provides new insight regarding the “Last Hurrah” of the 332nd Fighter Group (a/k/a Tuskegee Airmen). It also exposes a cadre of black aviation pioneers never before depicted. Among these…a recipient of 63 honorary doctorate degrees, another who completed advance pilot training flying with the Chinese. This non-fiction saga, by a black woman whose perseverance (fifty-five years later) unearthed the “missing” 1949 USAF Gunnery Meet (Top Gun) trophy, raises the bar in American history.
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