Rejected by the Army Air Corps because he was an African- American, Bill Terry (pictured fourth from the left above) received a second chance to fly for his country in the Tuskegee Airmen program. But he never made it to the air. Terry was convicted of a felony for protesting unfair conditions on his base. He would not be allowed to pursue his dream of law school or even vote until his pardon in 1995.
A traveling exhibit from the Japanese American National Museum and its National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Fighting for Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We the People"?
From January 19 through July 2013, Levine Museum of the New South will host Fighting for Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People"? This traveling exhibit, originally presented at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles, explores the themes of civil rights and democracy through the perspectives of seven individuals whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II. Through their personal challenges visitors will explore the issues relating to equal education, equal opportunity, democracy abroad, gender equality, and freedom of speech. The seven engaging true stories—and the poignant lessons from history that are conveyed—invite all to answer the thematic question posed throughout the exhibition, “Who is the "We" in "We, the People"? Visitors of all ages will also be encouraged to consider their own challenges and their community’s of living democratically in an increasingly diverse society. More importantly, this exhibit aims to inspire visitors to carry a message of equality and acceptance, regardless of gender, religion, race, class, or creed.
Fighting for Democracy is presented in Charlotte through the support of Duke Energy and Presbyterian Healthcare. The exhibit is made possible with major support provided by the U.S. Army Center for Military History. The traveling version is made possible through the generous support of The Boeing Company.