It’s been seen by audiences from coast-to-coast and now six years after the Levine Museum of the New South first unveiled the award-winning COURAGE exhibit here in Charlotte, it has returned home.
The exhibit tells the story of the Reverend J.A. DeLaine and his family as they, and others, fought to integrate schools in Clarendon County, South Carolina. They eventually brought the first lawsuit that became part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision that made segregation of schools illegal.
The interactive and multi-dimensional exhibit begins by telling the story of the DeLaines and the state of the Clarendon County schools in 1947. As the exhibit winds through the hall, visitors can learn about life in 1940s rural South Carolina, the inequities in the school system and the struggle and courage of the family.
Included in the exhibit are photos, artifacts pertaining to the case and story, videos that feature interviews with the DeLaine children, and interactive displays that help visitors make connections to the story.
The Levine Museum says the exhibit returns to Charlotte at an interesting time in the city’s history.
Since COURAGE was last presented in Charlotte, the city has experienced significant demographic, cultural, and economic change. Equal educational opportunity remains at the forefront as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wrestles with school closings, pupil assignment, student achievement, and graduation rates in a school system where approximately half of students are characterized as “economically disadvantaged.”
In addition to the physical exhibit, the Levine Museum has lined up special programming to complement the discussion surrounding Courage. On Thursday, Jan. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the museum is hosting “COURAGE: Where Do We Need It Now? A Conversation with Juan Williams, Janet Murguía, John Payton, and William Winter.” The panel will discuss the impact of the Brown v. Board decision and race relations in America. For more information click here.
If you’d like to see “COURAGE,” it will be at the Levine Museum of the New South through January 2012. For more information click here.
To see a slideshow of photos of the exhibit click here.