2. See the America I AM Exhibit
I’d like you tell you a secret about what inspires me most about Washington DC. It’s probably not what you may think!
It’s not the awesome nightlife. Nor the amazing food. Or even the thriving music & arts scene.
What makes Washington DC truly special? The People. And I am proud of DC folks for being able to celebrate our shared experiences and to keep learning about each other no matter our backgrounds.
The America I AM exhibit (with accompanying plays, shows, and happy hour events) explores close to 500 years of African American contributions to the fabric of the United States that we know today. You’ll find a range of artifacts from the Slave Doors from Cape Coast Ghana to a guitar from Prince.
Notable African American scholars like Henry Louis Gates Jr, Dr. Cornel West, and Tavis Smiley (presenter), collaborated to make this possible. There are a wide range of accompanying events, so take a look at their site and see what interests you.
All together you will find over 300 rare and original objects and artifacts from the 1600s to 2009.
Let’s never forget our shared history.