Note: This is the sixth installment of WCBS 880’s Black History Month series.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Coming this fall to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.READ MORE: Sources: Suspect In Shooting Of NYPD Officers Had Multiple Weapons, Including AR-15 With 20 Rounds Hidden Under Mattress
“To understand America, you’ve gotta understand the African American experience,” the museum’s founding director Lonnie Bunch told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving. “Traditionally, when one views African-American culture, they view it as ancillary, as secondary, as outside of the mainstream.”
But Bunch said it’s central to the American identity.READ MORE: Rangers Stay Red Hot, Take Down Kings In Shootout
“Values like spirituality, optimism, resiliency, if you want to understand how America’s notions of citizenship, of equality, have evolved over time, where better to look than the African American community?” Bunch said.
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President Barack Obama will cut the ribbon to open the museum on Sept. 24.