Yesterday (9/16/16) started off like any other, but I knew that the evening was going to be really special. I along with members of my family had the unique opportunity to get a preview of the District's newest and most anticipated addition, The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The night began with us standing in a line that was wrapped around the outskirts of the building. We were then led inside of the Museum into its foyer where we were greeted by waiters who served decadent hors d'oeuvres and lively music, courtesy of the disc jockey for the night. There was an overwhelming sense of excitement, emotion and pride as the evening unfolded. The construction, the exhibits, the amount of history collected, and the detail that went into creating a space that would provide an invaluable experience for Washingtonians and non-Washingtonians alike. I saw first hand the impact that the artifacts had on those in attendance at the event: it sparked conversations, some brought back memories, and some brought tears. The rich history of African-Americans in this country is truly something to be celebrated and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture captures it in a beautiful, respectable and innovative way. Washington DC has a treasure here. I am so grateful to have experienced such a historic moment with close friends and loved ones. Yesterday was truly one for the books!
When Ari isn't out covering events, she's working on bettering herself as a journalist, attending writer-related events, or enjoying spontaneous excursions in and around the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
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