National Museum Essay

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors on September 24, 2016, for its visitors to exclusively acknowledge the documentations of African American lives, past and present. Although the museum itself does not provide an extensive collection of stories of bygone eras, the contemporary stories that the museum provides have a lot to tell in regards to the African American history, culture, and community. However, the stories themselves are not the only contributing factor to the experience that the museum’s visitors have. The physical space and the organization of the museum in fact also play an important role in conveying the museums ideals. For example, the further the visitors go inside the museum, the richer …show more content…
Before, African Americans were racially discriminated and treated as inhumanely, as not much was done to spread knowledge of how it felt to be a black person living in America. Originally, museums only collected materials to preserve them, but now the building of museums have a larger purpose. In our society, the museum’s mission is to change the world by mirroring events to society. It is a way of telling people to pay attention and see with the history of events with transparency by not only saying but also showing how divided society is. With this, people can sensitize and take different actions. As I mentioned earlier, Obama’s opening speech for the National Museum publically addressed that even though racial divisions still exist in our society, it will be helpful for Americans to view the whole picture in order to have empathy for one another. The National Museum is able to invoke empathy in its visitors through its architecture, art, and stories. Obama states in his speech that the museum can assist the national debate between law enforcements and black …show more content…
As a political and social activist, he didn’t stop fighting (pushing into his beliefs) until his goal of ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens, as well as the creation of civil rights such as voting was accomplished (Martin Luther King Jr. Bio). As well as every African American, King “have a life dream” that someday, after non-violent protests and apparent disagreements the chance of having a peaceful life will be accomplished. That whites would understand the way blacks have been treated. And that if black Americans did not fight for what they deserve such as Rosa Parks did, for freedom and justice then no one will (John McWhorter). In the National Museum of African American, the exhibition Martin Luther King is stopped by police at Medgar Evers’ funeral has a wide presentation of a black American asking for equal civil rights reforms changes with peaceful protests and being punished by it. All these years, it remains a powerfully fascinating story to revive the story of Medgar Evers assassination. He was not only murdered in a gutless crime, but also in his funeral, Martin Luther king, his past friend, and companion was arrested abruptly by the police. The museum’s purpose of storytelling in a picture this atrocious scene is to examine

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