With racial tensions on the rise, an unassuming WWII hero--grandson of slaves, son of sharecroppers--reflects on his struggle to achieve the "American Dream" and reveals the path forward in order to achieve racial peace and harmony in the South.


969th FABn B Battery (1st Sergeant Isaac Pope on far right)


Born and raised in Lenoir County, Isaac Pope is a man of faith who lives a humble life. As a WWII Veteran, Mr. Pope was the First Sergeant of the 969th Field Artillery Battery, He fought in the Battle of the Bulge--one of the deadliest battles of WWII. After the war, Isaac Pope continued to serve as a mentor, church leader and advocate for civil and workplace rights.

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