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“COURAGE” Exhibit Opens at Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2012) – The nationally acclaimed exhibit, “COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America,” officially opened to the public today at Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library. The exhibit is on a long-term loan from the Levine Museum of the New South.

The interactive display chronicles the stories of the citizens of Clarendon County, S.C., who fought for civil rights and equality in education in their community. The glorious and hideous moments of the Civil Rights Movement are highlighted in the exhibition through the De Laine family and other residents of Clarendon County, S.C. “This exhibit has a meaningful connection with Johnson C. Smith University, given Reverend J.A. De Laine’s son, B.B. De Laine, and daughter, Ophelia De Laine Gona, both graduated from the university,” said Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University. “During the Civil Rights Movement, university alumni played an imperative role as activists for change,” said Carter. “The exhibit functions as a memorial and inspiration to the legacy of the university.”

“COURAGE” first came to Charlotte to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and has also toured other institutions and cities across the country. “COURAGE” includes photographs by James Gibson, whose collection was recently donated to the university. “The board and staff of Levine Museum of the New South are delighted that the ‘COURAGE’ exhibit has found a Charlotte home at Johnson C. Smith University,” said Emily Zimmern, president of the Levine Museum of the New South. “It is our great hope that the exhibition will be a source of inspiration and a catalyst for activism for years to come.”

The “COURAGE” experience is open to the public and students during regular library hours and admission is free. Group tours may be scheduled by calling the library at 704-371-6740.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the University’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook ( and Twitter (@JCSUniversity).          

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing





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