Washingtonian
Date: 2012-02-23
Author: Alison Kitchens

Article Mentions
Author, Alison Kitchens
Mentioned, Phylicia Rashad
Mentioned, Laura Bush
Mentioned, Colin Powell
Mentioned, Michelle Obama
Mentioned, Wayne Clough
Mentioned, Martin Luther King
Mentioned, Secretary Wayne Clough
Mentioned, The Smithsonian
Michelle Obama and Laura Bush were among the VIPs who attended the event. President Obama speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's National Museum for African American History and Culture. Photograph courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution website. Dr. Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonians National Museum for African American History and Culture, says there are two people he thinks of while working towards the museums opening in 2015. Theres the man who shines shoes in a Texas airport, who said it may be the only place where his grandchildren can learn what life did to him and what he did to life, he said. And theres the cleaner at the Smithsonian, who says shes tired and able to retire, but who told me, I want to ...(read more)
... Michelle Obama and Laura Bush were among the VIPs who attended the event. President Obama speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's National Museum for African American History and Culture. Photograph courtesy of the Smithsonian I ...
... and attended by President and Mrs. Obama, former first lady Laura Bush, ...
... Smithsonian secretary Wayne Clough, Mayor Vincent Gray, Representative John Lewis, Colin Powell, ...
... and many others, a host of speakers talked about what the museum means to them. This is a milestone not only for the Smithsonian, but for the United States, said Rashad. Today we take the first step. During the ceremony, Reverend Dr. Calvin O. But ...


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