Remember in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
On Friday, Ashby and other Tuskegee Airmen joined Chinese-Canadian war veterans and community leaders in Vancouver for the first annual Rights and Freedoms March, an event that celebrates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Friday's march holds significance for the Tuskegee Airmen who defended their country and fought for their rights despite facing racial discrimination that forced them to use separate entrances, washrooms and drinking fountains at their air base.
Like the Tuskegee Airman, Chinese-Canadians also served their country at a time of widespread discrimination and prejudice at home.
"The main thing individuals should realize [is they should] start thinking of other individuals as individuals themselves, not a particular group or race or anything of that type," Ashby said.
"This was something that we had to put up with throughout our early days in America with segregation going on."
The determination and demeanour of the original Tuskegee Airmen are what inspired people like Dick Toliver to join them.
"[Ashby] and the original airmen indeed have paved the way," said Toliver, a second generation Tuskegee Airman.
Some Photos of the Event:
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GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE:
Chinese-Canadian War Veterans
Tuskegee Airmen (Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Members):
Captain Bill Norwood
Lt. Colonel Bob Ashby
Al Tulle and Brenda Tulle
Teyana MacLean-Mio: Youth Advocate
Ruby Tuesdays Community Choir
RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS MARCH
APRIL 17, 2015 @ 9:30 AM From Olympic Village to David Lam Park
Tuskegee Airmen, Chinese-Canadian Veterans March in Vancouver