We experienced a full range of emotions when Vicki and I, along with our friends, Gwen, Gary, Reema, and Naseem visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture this past weekend in Washington, D.C. We cried. We laughed. We reflected. We understood.
We were enraptured by the magnificence and significance of the museum as we visited the History Galleries, situated on three floors, and some of the Culture Galleries. We were there from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and that didn’t give us enough time to visit all of the galleries. It’s really a two-day, all-day experience, so we plan to visit again before year’s end to complete our tour of the Culture Galleries, the Community Galleries, and explore more. I believe other U.S. and international visitors, who represented people all ages, gender, and other ways we segment ourselves, wished they could have stayed at the museum much longer.
Edmund Burke, a member of the British Parliament from 1780 – 1794, said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” That’s an understatement considering our current situation with a U.S. president who doesn’t know U.S. or world history or reads or believes in the truth. It’s more important than ever that WEunderstand everybody’s history. In my opinion, a visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture should be a “must” for everyone who wants to understand the contributions of African Americans, not only to the United States, but to the world.
So, I am sending much heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Vicki for making this visit possible and for being such a wonderful friend.