History matters. And Black history matters. This year will prove to be an important year, as President Obama will dedicate the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the latest addition to the Smithsonian.
Fittingly, the museum is located on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument, which is dedicated in the name of the nation’s most well-known slave owner. Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the museum who has been involved with this important effort for over a decade, recently spoke with Susan Page of USA Today.
Bunch noted that the museum will reflect the creativity of the African-American community, with touching, powerful and uplifting artifacts, ranging from Harriet Tubman’s hymnal and Nat Turner’s Bible, to quilts, Chuck Berry’s guitar and George Clinton’s “Mothership” from the funk group Parliament-Funkadelic.