April 29, 2017

FIRST AFRICAN-ANERICAN MUSEUM OPENS IN WASHINGTON, DC

     
Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, on Saturday opened the new museum on the national mall by ringing a bell from a historic African-American church with help from the Bonner family, the eldest, Ruth Bonner, was the daughter of a man born a slave in Mississippi. Obama said the $540m (£415m) museum represented a “common journey towards freedom.”

A clear-eyed view of history can make us uncomfortable. It will shake us out of familiar narratives. It is precisely because of that discomfort that we learn and grow and harness our collective power

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) building designed by British architect David Adjaye, sits on Washington’s National Mall. It is the only one of its kind in the country, exclusively dedicated to black American life. Obama while speaking at the event said they are not a burden on America, or an object of shame and pity for America. He noted that the building would give people a better understanding of themselves by teaching them about others, slaves; the poor; black activists and teachers. “A clear-eyed view of history can make us uncomfortable. It will shake us out of familiar narratives. It is precisely because of that discomfort that we learn and grow and harness our collective power to make this nation more perfect. That’s the American story that this museum tells. One of suffering and delight. One of fear but also of hope,” he said. Source: BBC

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