Dallas Holocaust Museum presents "Fighting for the Right to Fight" opening reception
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will present their latest special gallery exhibit featuring remarks from Flight Officer Robert T. McDaniel, former Tuskegee Airman; Mrs. Erma Platte, widow of Tuskegee Airmen instructor Captain Claude R. Platte; and Dr. Todd Moye, History Professor, University of North Texas.
The exhibit begins in the 1920s at the height of power of one of America’s most notorious hate groups, the Ku Klux Klan. At a time when segregation and blatant discrimination were the everyday reality for African Americans, the rapid onset of World War II only further highlighted the entrenched racism that pervaded the country. Despite attempts to keep African Americans from serving in the military, thousands rushed to enlist, intent on serving the country that had treated them as second-class citizens. This exhibit tells their story through the eyes of household names and unheralded heroes, including Alex Haley, author of Roots and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard; Benjamin Davis, Jr. (U.S. Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (U.S. Army); and more.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through January 26.