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U.S. President Barack Obama's motorcade heads towards the White House, after a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (February 22, 2012 in Washington, D.C.). At the ceremony, the president spoke of what future visitors, including his own daughters, might learn from the museum:

"I want my daughters to see the shackles that bound slaves on their voyage across the ocean and the shards of glass that flew from the 16th Street Baptist church, and understand that injustice and evil exist in the world. But I also want them to hear Louis Armstrongís horn and learn about the Negro League and read the poems of Phyllis Wheatley. And I want them to appreciate this museum not just as a record of tragedy, but as a celebration of life.

When future generations hear these songs of pain and progress and struggle and sacrifice, I hope they will not think of them as somehow separate from the larger American story. I want them to see it as central -- an important part of our shared story. A call to see ourselves in one another. A call to remember that each of us is made in Godís image. Thatís the history we will preserve within these walls."


The museum is scheduled to open in 2015.



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