Warner Bros. Theater
National Museum of American History
14th St. & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
Closest Metro: Federal Triangle
Free and open to the public.
No tickets or reservations required.
America is a story that is being written everyday in the lives of its people. What is the story? And what do we learn from it?
In conjunction with the exhibition, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, currently on view at the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents “Fighting for Democracy: Who is the ‘We in ‘We the People’?” This compelling stage performance created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and produced collaboratively with Philadelphia’s premier theater artists, explores the themes of civil rights and democracy through the perspectives of seven diverse individuals whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II. Fighting for Democracy reveals how World War II was a pivotal time in developing a broader understanding of our nation and its people.
Each 35-minute performance will include a post-show discussion with the audience and artists.
People portrayed in the performance:
- Jewish American Nurse: Frances Slanger
- Tuskegee Airman: Bill Terry
- Japanese American Infantryman: George Saito
- Chinese American WASP: Hazel Ying Lee
- Navajo Code Talker: Carl Gorman
- Filipino American Infantryman: Domingo Los Baños
- Mexican American Medic: Héctor García
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presents Fighting for Democracy, an original performance by the National Constitution Center in partnership with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum funded in part by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is a hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters celebrating the United States Constitution and the story of “We the People.” Learn more at constitutioncenter.org
GW Law’s Asian American Law Alumni Association (AALAA) is proud to support the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Starting at $250. For sponsorship information, please contact Amy “Emiko” J. Hever at (202) 633-2812 or HeverA@si.edu.
Video: Fighting for Democracy exhibition trailer. This performance was inspired by this exhibition.
Photos in the flyer courtesy of Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Army Center of Military History, U.S. Army Signal Corps, U.S. Air Force, the national Center for the Preservation of Democracy and the Japanese American National Museum, Collection of Domingo Los Baños, the Frances Slanger Collection in The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, Mary S. Tominaga, Japanese American National Museum, The Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s, Dr. Héctor P. García Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Bell Library, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images