New National Museum Opens

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We are living in a time where the injustice of Black Americans finally has the focus of the whole country. Since the tragic deaths of young men like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice the Black Lives Matter Movement begun highlighting the wrongdoing of police officers and our justice system.

In the midst of the turmoil and innocent bloodshed that Americans have witnessed, there has been a silver lining. This past Saturday marked the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

With over 36,000 artifacts on display covering: America South and West, sports, The Civil Rights Movement, and military; all focusing on the plight and triumphant of the African American people. The new museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

Exhibits display various memoirs like a poster of presidential candidate Shirley Chisolm, the radio carried by Radio Raheem from the movie “Do the Right Thing” and the tap shoes of Sammy Davis.

Author and former President of the Chicago Historical Society, Lonnie Bunch was appointed founding director in 2005.

“This museum will tell the American story through the lens of African American history and culture,” Bunch said. “This is America’s story and this museum is for all Americans.”

African American history in this country is critical to understanding the story of America. From the first ship to kidnap children, women, and men in Africa to the most recent story of an officer taking the life of an innocent black citizen and everything in between is essential to our nations’ history.

The grand opening was televised live and it included words from President Barack Obama.

“This national museum helps to tell a richer fuller story of who we are,” said Obama.

There were performances by Stevie Wonder and Patti LaBelle. Also, Robert De Niro, Angela Bassett, Will Smith, and Oprah Winfrey read quotes from black poets and historians.

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again,” said Winfrey quoting Maya Angelou.

For those who are discouraged that the museum is located in Washington D.C., there is good news. According to the museum’s website there will be a, traveling exhibition called “Changing America,” and it will be exhibited at 50 venues across the country through 2018.