Triumph of truth: brand-new museum upends ‘great denial’ of African American history
The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture is a tour de force of more than 3,000 artifacts with a mission to tell the unvarnished truth
Jesse Jackson sauntered through galleries recounting African Americans enslavement, long struggle for freedom and achievements in culture, discipline, boast and politics. I wish Dr King were here today, the veteran civil right activist said softly. Just for a moment.
So prominent is the unique organization on the national mall in Washington dubbed Americas front ground that its architects were told by the secret service to ensure that it could not be used by snipers to target the White House.
From Harriet Tubmans hymn book to a slave room from South Carolina, from Muhammed Alis boxing gloves to Carl Lewiss gold medals, from a metal barrel used to bathe the paws of Martin Luther King to tiny shoes worn by Sammy Davis Jr as a child dancer, the museum is a tour de force of more than 3,000 artifacts with a assignment evidence to tell the unvarnished truth.
As Jackson stepped the galleries, he caught a view of himself in some old cinema footage. You missed my mommas son! the 74 -year-old told a reporter.
But he was sombre as he reflected on all those in the museum who will never have the chance to see it. I kind of feel the mode I did the night that Barack won and I cried cos I cared Dr King had been there exactly to peep at it for 15 seconds. I care my father who served in world war two were here. I care those I grew up with were here. But what a rejoice it is to see this.