Historic Howard University and the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) – the newest museum in the Smithsonian Institution’s pantheon – might both be considered as key institutions of Black America and thereby of America as a whole. Visiting both in one DC day was really just an introduction to their stories.
Howard, which was established in 1867 and which is literally part of the DC streetscape, tells some of it’s founding story through the Moorland Spingarn Research Center.
NMAAHC Curator Joanne Hyppolite facilitated what will hopefully be just the first of many visits to the National Museum, which has attracted record crowds since it opened two years ago. The museum’s history galleries stretch over three floors connected by ramps, which literally help move the story along. A temporary gallery currently features an exhibition on the work and life of reality show legend Oprah Winfrey. Upstairs, two packed galleries focus on Community and on Culture. If you haven’t yet been, it’s time to start planning!