The National College Resources Foundation in partnership with Chauncey Spencer II., will present the two-day “African Americans in Aviation Traveling Museum” at the Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10.
Founded and created by Spencer, the traveling museum starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m., both days. Tickets are $15 for entry. The Aerospace Museum of California is at 3200 Freedom Park Drive in McClellan Park.
This traveling museum is historical and of significance because it focuses on the life of Chauncey Spencer, a pioneer who changed the course of aviation and social history in America. He fought for racial equality and paved the way for African American pilots today.
Spencer Sr., a Tuskegee Airman, met with President Harry S. Truman, convincing him to support the cause for the inclusion of African Americans in the Army Air Corps.
When asked why it was important to partner with NCRF for this nationwide tour, Chauncey Spencer II said, “We are working to create a bridge for students to learn about aviation history.”
“Despite all the odds against them, young people can succeed if they have the will, the opportunity, and the support of the community,” Spencer stated before the traveling museum first launched in August 2020.
“Teaching African American students about the success of other African Americans in a program that directly relates to teaching academic skills and knowledge is critical and necessary.”
Along with a 20-minute interactive audio-visual experience, the traveling museum tells the powerful story of African American Aviation Pioneers, who despite overwhelming adversity, fought for inclusion and integration paving the way for all people to fly.
The traveling-museum tour covers a 7,000 miles excursion, including stops at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport and Tuskegee Airmen Museum in Detroit, Tuskegee University in Alabama, the NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Texas Southern University and Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C, several other significant locations across the country as well as Sacramento.For more information about the African Americans in Aviation Traveling Museum at Aerospace Museum of California, call (916) 643-3192 or visit https://aerospaceca.or