Today, I want to acknowledge and celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Many have waited for this day. The grand opening of the museum this weekend and all its pageantry was a stark contrast to the recent events in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. It almost seems surreal that at the same time the United States is celebrating and acknowledging the contributions of African Americans that there are scenes such as those; and what we have seen in Ferguson, Sanford, New York and Dallas. Yet, maybe this museum stands as a symbol of hope; that despite the ongoing, difficult racial and social challenges. As a nation, the United States, has a history of addressing those challenges, and resolving them; even though the process is not often pretty or the solutions perfect.
“A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them. This museum tells the truth that a country founded on the promise of liberty held millions in chains. That the price of our union was America’s original sin.” – President George W. Bush