Washington D.C. is proud to be the home to the new National Museum of African American History & Culture Saturday afternoon.
The 400,000 square foot museum carries pieces of history right within its walls, which marked iconic moments in African American culture. Priceless artifacts like the dress Rosa Parks was sewing before she refused to give up her seat, slave shackles, and sale bills are just a couple of pieces goers will be in awe of.
It goes without saying that the importance of African American history has been overlooked for centuries. Not to mention the dark side of slavery and segregation. Now, President Obama has finally gotten the opportunity to help the public recognize it.
“As Americans, we rightfully passed on the tales of the giants who built this country; who led armies into battle and waged seminal debates in the halls of Congress and the corridors of power. But too often, we ignored or forgot the stories of millions upon millions of others, who built this nation just as surely, whose humble eloquence, whose calloused hands, whose steady drive helped to create cities, erect industries, build the arsenals of democracy.”
Many others who were in attendance was Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Robert DeNiro, Colin Powell, Angela Bassett, and even George W. Bush. The former president made it a point to express his own pride in allowing the funding for the museum in 2003 saying:
“A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them.”
Be sure to make your way to Washington D.C. to take part in the seeing first-hand what made America, America.