OTA Laverne Shelton

The Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, visit web Inc.

presents its annual Fall


Don’t miss this promise of a sensationally good time created for your social & artistic enjoyment!! he “AMEN CORNER”, written by James Baldwin This moving drama is set in Harlem, 1955; now a period which is fading into the shadows of history. We are transported to a community which is struggling to define itself within the no-man’s land between two extremes. One is represented by the almost crushingly claustrophobic church community with its puritanical adherence to the social code of 50’s America.

The other is the jazz world, where the music implicitly carries a message of personal spiritual liberation, of ‘attitude’ and rejection of all the conformity and repression of the status quo. For the Afro- American of the time, these two different worlds were intertwined; but also represented the conflicting ways for the black community to deal with society.

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Doors open: 2:00 pm – seating begins: 2:00 pm – Time: 3:00 pm Place:
ETA Theater – 7558 S. South Chicago Ave.
Donation: $25.00 per ticket


Your contribution will help fund the Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen’s Youth Aviation and Educational Assistance programs. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible as allowed by law.


Albert Laverne Shelton was born December 6, abortion
1920 to the union of Albert and Elizabeth Shelton, generic
 in Brookport, Illinois. He grew up in a loving household surrounded by his ten siblings, their parents and family friends. Laverne as he was known to his family & friends, received his education in the local public schools, in some cases having an older sibling as his teacher.

After completing high school, Laverne enrolled in a trade school where he was trained in the maintenance and repair of jet engines. Shortly after the completion of his mechanical training, Laverne was drafted by the U.S. Army and served with the Red Tails (Tuskegee Airmen) as lead mechanic in Italy during World War II. Laverne was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.

Laverne continued his service to his country at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a civilian employee until his long, happy and busy retirement. He built his home himself in Xenia, Ohio because the banks would not finance homes for Blacks at the time. Although childless, Laverne was married three times. After the death of his second wife, Eunice, Laverne relocated to Chicago where the majority of his family resides. He met and married Geraldine and they enjoyed their busy social schedule, which included numerous organization membership, snow skiing, square dancing, tennis and water sports. He taught snow skiing, continued to play tennis and water ski well into his eighties.

Upon Gerri’s passing, Laverne chose apartment living. He continued his involvement with the Tuskegee Airman serving as Membership Chairman for the Chicago “DODO” Chapter for a number of years. He was an active member of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church as well as the Chicago Assembly.

As a Tuskegee Airman, he enjoyed many excursions as their many deserved honors were belatedly awarded to them. He was a group recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by none other than then Senator Barack Obama. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Tuskegee University. Most recently, Laverne was a consultant to George Lucas while the movie Red Tails was in production. He was also featured Ebony Magazine’s Black History Month Special Edition (Feb. 2012) featuring the Tuskegee Airmen and the movie Red Tails.

After living a long and event-filled life, Laverne lost his long battle with cancer on November 21, 2012. Laverne was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters and three wives. He is survived by three sisters Myrtle Wise, Frances Hopkins and Nadine Thompson; nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of friends.


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