Slated to open on the Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2015, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, promises to be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives, and how it helped shape the nation. Its works aims to transcend the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and become a lens into a story that unites us all.
The museum will stand on four core principles: to create an opportunity for those who care about African- American culture to explore and revel in this history; to help all Americans see how central African- American history is for all of us by using African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American; to use African-American culture as a means to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by international considerations and how the struggle of African Americans has impacted freedom struggles around the world; and to be a place of collaboration—a truly national museum that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with museums and educational institutions, both nationally and internationally.
Ultimately, the National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to be a place of meaning, memory, reflection, laughter, and hope. It should be a beacon that reminds us of what we were; what challenges we still face; and point us towards what we can become.