World War II veteran Isaac Pope honored at Kinston museum


CROW LAWS AND SEGREGATION WAS HONORED TODAY AT G-I JOE’S MILITARY LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM. IT WAS PART OF THEIR BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM. W-N-C-T’S COURTNEY ALLEN BRINGS US MORE ON THE IMPACT ISAAC POPE MAKES ON EVERYONE AROUND HIM. DOZENS OF PEOPLE SAT IN APPRECIATION SUNDAY TO SALUTE 100- YEAR-OLD ISAAC POPE, A WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN. “I am just grateful that he has lived these many years and have succeeded as much as he has.” ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WAS POPE’S NEPHEW, LINWOOD E. BERRY. “Uncle Isaac has always been like a mentor for me, if I wanted to be like anybody, I wanted to be like my uncle Isaac.” HIS UNCLE SERVED IN THE FIRST BLACK UNIT IN THE ARMY ALLOWED TO GO INTO BATTLE DURING WORLD WAR 2. “He has led me quite much.” …LEADING BARRY TO FOLLOW IN HIS UNCLE’S FOOSTEPS AND ALSO ENLIST IN THE MILITARY. “I know the things he went through, the anxiety, struggles.” POPE WAS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE EVENT BECAUSE OF AN INJURY. BUT HIS FAMILY… AND BAND OF BROTHERS… STILL CAME TO SALUTE HIM. “For us veterans it means a great deal, because there are very few African American people that served during World War II and had the opportunity to come back to Kinston and make such a drastic impact on the progress of the people here in this town.” HIS IMPACT INCLUDES HELPING WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, GIVING A VOICE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE N- DOUBLE-A-C-P AND MORE. BARRY SAYS HE APPRECIATES OF ALL OF HIS UNCLE’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND IS PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM. “I am just grateful for being part of his family.” THE PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDED A CLIP FROM AN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY ON HIS LIFE. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ON OUR WEBSITE…W-N-C-T-DOT- COM. PHILADELPHIA EAGLE

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