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President Obama Opens First National Museum Devoted to African-American History | George Bush, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyongo’o, David Oyelowo & More Attend

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John Lewis, Laura Bush, George Bush, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama

The first national US museum – the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture – devoted exclusively to African American history and culture has opened in Washington DC.

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, former President George W. Bush, and his wife Laura, were among the dignitaries in attendance.

John Lewis, the author of the original legislation to establish the museum, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, were also among those present at the opening.

Artefacts recovered from the remains of a slave ship off the coast of South Africa are playing a central role in a new museum in the United States.

The museum opened thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction.

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Barack and Michelle Obama join up with the Bonner Family to ring the onstage bell

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Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith

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George Bush

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John Lewis

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Stevie Wonder

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Rev. Jesse Jackson

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Erecka (GQ) Hart | Body Art by Laolu Akande

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Andre Holland, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ava Duvernay and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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Patty LaBelle

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17 Comments

  1. nnenne

    September 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Will surely visit !!

  2. Tosin

    September 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    So much to ponder. So much to see. Wow.
    The Bush hug. It means vote for Hilary, please, you have no excuse.
    The impeccable clothes, on the men (because they never wear anything special – thank you Mr. Wonder 🙂 for whipping up that print jacket) and on the women – Michelle Michelle Michelle, Laura Bush, Lupita Africa Lupita, …
    Classy is classy is all
    Body art Laolu stuff – always hot

    I’ma watch the event videos later.

    • ATL's finest

      September 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Lmao @ the hug. I know right. In my mind, I’m like Hmmm Michelle sure got some Games ??. The Bush better bote Clinton. Oh Mine Nov 4 is fast approaching less than 40ish days *sigh*. And yes, I will.be visiting this place soonest. Lupita ain’t playing with her Ankara these days :).. Shout out to Rev. Jesse Jackson mehn I feel like he’s seen it ALL lol from the Wars, to the match, to History unfolding etc.

    • Bodunade

      September 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Stevie wonderful, all day every day. ??

  3. Tosin

    September 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Oprah wears greatness well.
    That woman is power abeg.

  4. Prince

    September 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    This Laolu dude is a genius. That body art is awesome. Michelle, I See you. Lupita, nice one.

  5. Suga

    September 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    See Michelle and Bush. Obama you better stand between this two before person thing go become another’s. I’m sure you have learnt well from Michelle.

  6. Xplorenollywood.com

    September 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I kinda of shed a tear here!!! DC is not a state i would go out of my way to visit, but for this, i wont mind.

    • Iregio

      September 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      DC is NOT a state!

    • Ankara

      October 1, 2016 at 5:15 am

      It’s not a state my dear. Its just a capital city not a state.

    • Limpia

      September 28, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Washington,DC is NOT a state,for your information.

  7. bp

    September 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Each time i see African American people gather i wonder and ponder and sometimes i shed tears. African American people have been through too much. i can only hope it gets better

  8. Friday's Other Child

    September 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I’m particularly proud that the museum was built by the ‘British’ Ghanaian Architect; David Adjaye. I keep on trying to find the Great, Great, Great. Great Grandparent that’s Nigerian, so that we can claim him 🙂

  9. Tosin

    September 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Shout out to Bella sha, they have the text, the photos, and the 2hr+ video. Respect.
    Hope y’all sorted out the overadvert issues 🙂 the wahala of it was getting mush abeg.

  10. EbonyFre

    September 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Nice that Lupita is wearing a Nigerian designer, Maki Oh.
    Didn’t have to be cut-out, though. For the event

  11. oma

    September 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    ohhhh felt so good for african america i wish i can give a big hug to Obama n his wife n Oprah n Patty n steve wonder oh so good a feeling

  12. Limpia

    September 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Please note that the man referred to as ” John Lewis” is Maryland’s Senator Elijah Cummings.

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