Op/Ed By Jesse Jackson Sr.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations continue in Charlotte, N.C., and protests have spread to Atlanta and elsewhere, sparked most recently by the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. Against that backdrop, I joined thousands for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the mall in Washington, D.C.
The museum is a stunning achievement. It does not blink at our nation’s history, nearly 400 years since the first slave ship came to our land. But it is not a story of despair and suffering. It tells a story of transcendence, of injustices righted, of people — black and white, some famous and most unknown — who sacrificed and built, marched and protested, prayed and sang to make America better.