NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust, an advisory group to members of Congress on issues related to African Americans and veterans affairs, has awarded its 2015 Veterans Braintrust Award to The National WWII Museum in recognition of work on behalf of African American veterans in World War II.
Museum administrators announced Tuesday that the selection is based on the support of the president and first lady and stems from the Museum's development of a special exhibit, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II.
The Veterans Braintrust Award, which honors service to others and contributions to the community, was established by General Colin Powell in 1990 to recognize outstanding national and community commitment to black veterans.
Fighting for the Right to Fight, which opened on July 4, 2015, features artifacts, photographs, oral histories and associated educational programming to highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II.
The exhibit also explores how the war became a major catalyst in the twentieth century for African Americans seeking comprehensive social change.
Artifacts, video pieces and other features illustrate how hopes for securing equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of segregated non-combat roles for to black recruits and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement.
A national advisory committee of scholars who have studied the African American experience during the war played a key role in developing the exhibit's content, which includes a video on the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
On September 18, 2015, a Museum representative will accept the Veterans Braintrust Award during a ceremony and gala reception at the Cannon House Office Building located on Capitol Hill.
Fighting for the Right to Fight is on display at the Museum through May 30, 2016.