“This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are. It helps us better understand the lives of yes, the president, but also the slave. The industrialist but also the porter. The keeper of the status quo but also the activist seeking to overthrow that status quo.”

This was President Obama speaking today at the opening of the National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C., no doubt a feather in the cap of America’s first Black president in his last year.

The opening is marked with weekend-long celebration including musical performances by The Roots, Public Enemy, Living Color and Meshell Ndegeocello.

The museum itself is home to thousands of artifacts across the centuries covering the Transatlantic Slave Trade through the Harlem Renaissance to the current day.

See pictures from the star-studded opening ceremony featuring the President, Oprah and many more.

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