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New African American museum essential to U.S. history

New African American museum essential to U.S. history

As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the newest museum on the National Mall is a place where we can finally understand our complete history as Americans. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is essential to the telling of the American saga and an important correction to the distortions, deceits and denials surrounding the black experience in this country. So much of the story of Africans in America has been hidden, ignored or disputed. Now we can abide by the Sankofa phrase that urges, "Go back and get it."

For centuries, blacks were forbidden by law from learning to read, and later, were not taught about black history. As a young child, I learned...

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