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Tuskegee Airmen Honored at CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2007

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Two local REALTORS® who served in the famed Tuskegee Airmen unit during World War II were honored recently at the closing luncheon of the CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2007 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

REALTOR® Claude Davis and REALTOR® Theodore (Ted) Lumpkin were honored for their service to the nation and the real estate community during the luncheon, which featured legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and was attended by State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana.

Themed "REALTOR® 2.0: The Next Big Thing," the EXPO was Oct. 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave., Anaheim.

Davis and Lumpkin were among more than 100 Tuskegee Airmen awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award from Congress, in the Rotunda of the Congressional Building in Washington, D.C., in March.

Davis is a past president of the Southwest Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® and a past regional vice president of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). A bomber pilot in the U.S. Air Corps, Davis, 87, resides in the Ladera Heights area of Los Angeles, Calif.

Lumpkin served as an Air Intelligence Officer and is president of the Los Angeles chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. He also serves on the national organization's board of directors. Lumpkin, 87, resides in the Village Green area of Los Angeles, Calif.

Tuskegee Airmen Inc. was formed in 1972 by veterans of the "Tuskegee Experience" during World War II from 1941-1949 to educate the country regarding the combat and stateside records of African Americans during the war. The organization has 51 chapters nationwide.

Leading the way...® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org)  is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 185,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® recently honored two Tuskegee Airmen for service to their nation and the real estate community. The presentation was part of the closing luncheon at EXPO, the group’s annual convention, which drew dignitaries in business and politics.  From left, rear: State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana; William E. Brown, president-elect of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®; James Liptak, 2007 treasurer of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. From left, front: Tuskegee Airman and REALTOR® Claude Davis; Tuskegee Airman and REALTOR® Theodore Lumpkin; Colleen Badagliacco, 2007 president of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®; and Beth Peerce, 2008 treasurer of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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