Transcript for Highlights From the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian's African American Museum of History and Culture
movie, dance are selling the new mew seal of African-American music, history and culture part of a specialty Kennedy center airing tonight on ABC and got an exclusive backstage access. One, two, three, four. Reporter: A star-studded night, the president and first lady in attendance. We pay homage to those who came before. All there to celebrate the grand opening of the smithsonian's long awaited national museum of African-American history and culture and some of the biggest names in entertainment came out to take part. To invest in an institution that is going to offer to the world the promise and the legacy of the African-American culture, there is no better investment. Really happy to be a part in making a contribution but also to today I can definitely say I'm proud to be an African in America. The first all black fighter squadron came into being at the tuskegee institute in Alabama. Reporter: Oscar winner Tom Hanks introduced members of the original tuskegee airmen. Ladies and gentlemen, the surviving members of the tuskegee airmen. It's quite a moment and I didn't take the assignment lightly. I'm honored. I keep asking are you sure you want me. Reporter: So much talent on the stage. Quincy Jones was on stage, Stevie wonder is here. The soundtrack to my soul. Tonight we celebrate African-American history. Reporter: It was also an opportunity to perform in front of the outgoing president and the president returned the love. I was looking up like, wow, he's into this joint. He was into it. Reporter: Clearly an unforgettable night. And this hits very close to home because I am the proud daughter of a tuskegee airmen, colonel Lawrence E. Roberts, that's my dear daddy and you can
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