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On Saturday, thousands flocked to Washington, D.C. to witness President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama helped open the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
“This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are,” Obama told the crowd.
“By knowing this other story we better understand ourselves and each other. It binds us together. It reaffirms that all of us are America, that African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story,” he added. “It is central to the American story.”
The President also stressed that understanding African-American history and the struggles of all Americans is an “act of patriotism,” CNN wrote.“A great nation doesn’t shy away from the truth. We’re not a burden on America or a stain on America or an object of shame and pity for America. We are America. And that’s what this museum explains,” he said. “Hopefully, this museum makes us talk to each other and listen to each other and see each other,” he added.
And while the museum pays homage to our rich and resilient past, the President stressed that it’s also linked to our present and future, especially given the tumultuous racial times we’re currently living in.