“The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American.” – Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the NMAAHC
Our team has been on site prepping and installing our programs for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture this weekend.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, the museum is opening on the National Mall in Washington D.C. this weekend. It will be the 19th and the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
The opening is being celebrated with a three-day festival called Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration. Each day of the festival is following one of three themes: homecoming, celebration, and call and response. The event will feature such artists as The Roots, Public Enemy, and Angelique Kidjo. President Obama will lead the dedication ceremony.
Follow the opening at #APeoplesJourney.
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