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Monday, October 10, 2016

Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture #NMAAHC

Here I am outside the museum on my first tour

Attending the grand opening and touring this museum is a historical event seared into my memory. To have a sitting Black president fling wide the doors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture gives honor and humanity to a community that has given so much for, and to, this nation.

The museum rightly sits on the National Mall along side the Washington Monument, not too far away from the iconic Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool. Designed by Ghanaian British architect David Adjaye, the museum is a masterpiece inside and out. A feast for the eyes and soul.

It has close to 37,000 objects in its collection related to subjects such as community, family, religion, civil rights, slavery, The Great Migration, Black Panther movement, Nation of Islam, black music, dance, athletics, spoken word, fashion, natural hair movement, black lives matter.... everything really.

From the outside, the museum seems to be four stories high, but there are two additional levels not visible from the outside. It will take you more than one visit to see and absorb its magnificence.

I must admit, I was a bit nervous about how it would be pulled off and received. It felt a little like company was coming over and we needed to make a good impression. I had nothing to worry about. Everything, down to the delicacies on the menu at Sweet Home Café, the restaurant inside the museum, were crafted with palpable care.

Sweet Home Café, showcases historically accurate cuisine from four regions of the country, representing the migration of the African-American people: the agricultural South, the creole coast, the North states, and the Western range, all overseen by the café’s executive chef, Jerome Grant who is of Jamaican ancestry.

Footage from inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture starts at 3 mins 20 seconds, but first I show you a bit of the grand opening dedication from the outside featuring Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Oprah, Will Smith, Angelique Kidjo, Angela Bassett, Robert DeNiro, former President and First Lady Bush, Rep. Elijah Eugene Cummings, and of course President and First Lady Obama.

Video recap embedded below. Here also is the direct link:


National Museum of African American History and Culture
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