Back in the fall of 2016—just a few months before President Barack Obama left office—The National Museum of African American History and Culture, a member of the Smithsonian Institution, opened in Washington D.C. Since the museum’s much-publicized opening, tickets have been available either via a long waiting list or a same-day lottery—its popularity has been nearly unprecedented, and not just among members of the African American community.
At a time in America when opinions tend towards the extreme and divisive, and millions are struggling with their identities as Americans and the implications the sordid history of this country has even today, it’s more important than ever that we all seek to inform and educate ourselves so that we can treat each other with empathy and understanding.
According to the museum, one of the four “pillars” of the institution is that “It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences.”
As members of the Latinx community, whether you identify as Afro Latinx or not, a visit to NMAAHC should be on your bucket list. Keep reading to find out exactly why you should make the trip.