Smithsonian to Open the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC

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Black History Month, the foundation of which modern day African American accomplishments hope to be considered in the same breath. You’d think that feat is almost impossible given the impact of those lives celebrated and put on display during February have had but who thought you’d actually see a black president? Guess it’s true, nothing is impossible. This month we’ll be highlighting some good human beings with a passion for change that overcame seemingly “impossible” odds…

It wouldn’t be right to start a celebration of Black History month on February 1st without acknowledging and thanking one huge literary influence, Harlem Renaissance leader Langston Hughes. His birthday is on February 1st which seems to be a fitting start, given the impact his pen had on history through cultural pride. Even poems that will always resonate with people no matter their race or background such as “Dreams” continue to withstand the test of time.

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Although times change, similar issues still remain relevant and one way to prevent unnecessary cycles is to recognize, respect and learn from history. The Smithsonian has always been the most respected as a platform in that area, so the news released today is huge in many ways. According to the Smithsonian Chief Spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas, President Barack Obama will lead the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony as plans are finalized to open the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC September 24, 2016.

Eager attendees were given an early glimpse at what the museum will house including: the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation by a lively program of music, dance and poetry November 16-18th. The event “Commemorate and Celebrate Freedom” paid tribute to the end of slavery, 1965 voting rights act and the end of the Civil War in a 5-story, 3D experience. How incredible it will be to see our 1st black president cutting the ribbon to a building full of recorded historical slavery, struggle but more importantly strength/faith through trials.

Despite the museum opening still months out, there are regularly events to stay in touch – visit the website here or follow @NMAAHC on Twitter.

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