Published on Sept 24, 2018
On Friday, the girls had a scheduled day off from school, so we took advantage of this unrestricted occasion by taking a day trip to Washington D.C. – our destination, the National African American History Museum. Let me pause for a minute to ask you this question: What do you remember learning about black history in school? Maybe a glossy lesson or two about slavery, a watered down version about Dr. King and his dream, or Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man…sound familiar? These are of course important highlights, yet they are an oversimplified version of a more complex and much richer history of a people who literally built this nation with their hands. “Black contributions to society are not being recognized in the pantheon of American history.” – Andre Perry The men, women, and children of African descent who toiled to turn this land into a country have gone largely unnoticed and unrecognized both for their mighty struggles and contributions, until now. The National African American History and Culture Museum is dedicated to the notion that black history IS American history!