DELTA N E W S L E T T E R WINTER 2017 President Barack Obama gives remarks during the National Museum and African American History and Culture’s Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony Sept. 24, 2016. PHOTO BY DOUGLAS REMLEY, NMAAHC A Dream no longer Deferred: The Opening of NMAAHC By Bernadine Williams Stallings On Sept. 24, 2016, the world watched as the only national museum devoted to the documentation of African American life, his-tory and culture celebrated its presence on the National Mall and opened its doors to the general public. In a grand opening ded-ication ceremony that Saturday morning, the National Museum of African American History and Culture satisfied the curiosities of locals, tourists, charter members, and donors alike all waiting for over a decade to finally see what was behind the bronze-col-ored ornamental walls of the unique struc-ture on the National Mall. “Today, a dream too long deferred is a dream no longer,” said Founding Director Lonnie Bunch in his remarks. “We, as a nation, will finally fulfill the expectations and hopes of so many generations who believed and hoped for a presence on the National Mall that could help all Americans realize how much they have been shaped and formed by the African American experience.” The celebration was a star-studded affair with appearances by Oprah Win-frey, Will Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Patti LaBelle followed by a keynote address by President Barack Obama.
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