Smithsonian Breaks Ground on African American Museum

President Obama says museum will be a "record of tragedy,a celebration of life."
1:56 | 02/22/12

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What our children look at Harriet Tubman shawl. That Turner's bayou. Where the plane flown by Tuskegee airmen. I don't want them. To be seen this figure somehow larger than life I want them. To see. How ordinary Americans who do extraordinary -- -- men and women. Just like them. Had the courage and determination to right or wrong. To make it right. I want my daughters to -- the shackles that bound slaves. On their voyage across the ocean in the shards of glass flew from the sixteenth street Baptist Church. An understanding that. That injustice. And evil exists in the world but I also want them to hear. Louis Armstrong's hall. And learn about the Negro League and read the -- of Phyllis Whitley. I want them to appreciate this museum not just as they record of tragedy but as a celebration. Of life. When future generations here 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 and one another. Called remember. That each of us is made in gods and that's the history we will preserve. Within these walls. The history every people who in the words of Doctor King he injected new meaning and dignity -- the -- Of civilization. May we remember their stories. May we live up to there -- there. Thank you god bless you and god bless the United States of America.

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