Building a Dream
The groundbreaking for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture took place earlier this week, starting a new stage of planning for a project underway since 2004. The museum will be the last built on the Mall, a prime location that brings both promise and pressure. We talk with the museum's founding director about the challenges he has already overcome and how far he has left to go in making a museum many black Americans have dreamt of a reality.
All photos courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture:
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC, February 22, 2012: