"America I Am" at the N.C.C.

February 3, 2009 8:18:15 AM PST
A local museum is focusing on Black History Month this February.

The National Constitution Center has an amazing exhibit that spans the spectrum of African American history and culture.

Last March at the National Constitution Center, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke about his relationship with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. It turned out to be a milestone in his quest for the White House. An autographed copy of that speech is back at the museum as part of "America I Am," a gigantic exhibit on the African American experience.

The producers, Arts and Exhibitions International, also did the King Tut and Titanic exhibits which set records here in town.

"America I Am" examines 400 years of economic, cultural, military, social and political history.

Here's just one example: you know the story of Colin Powell. But what made his career possible was an order from President Lincoln authorizing Frederick Douglass to recruit blacks for the U.S. military. "America I Am" has that letter from Lincoln in its collection.

In short, you've never seen African-American history this way before.

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