Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture
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It is going to be hard to teach it." Long Road to Hard Truth concludes that this journey took 100 years because many in America are unwilling to confront the history of America's legacy of slavery and discrimination, and that the only reason this museum finally became a reality is that an unlikely, bipartisan coalition of political leaders had the courage and wisdom to declare that America could not, and should not, continue to evade the hard truth.. The movement soon evolved to envision creating a national museum, and Wilkins follows the endless obstacles through the decades, culminating in his honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that wrote the plan for creating the museum and how, with support of both Black and White Democrats and Republicans, Congress finally authorized the museum. Wilkins tells the story of how his curiosity about why there wasn't a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture became an obsession-even
100 Years AMNB Received a digital ARC via Netgalley. LONG ROAD TO HARD TRUTH is a thorough examination of the trials and triumphs in the mission to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Robert L. Wilkins does a magnificent job researching the lengthy history. It's also part memoir and you feel with every word writt. CityReader said Well-written and compelling history.. I was lucky enough to get an advanced review copy of this book and so happy I did. It's a well-written and compelling history. So glad I got to read it before the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Prior to becoming a judge, he was an attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and a partner in a large private law firm. He served as chairman of the site and building committee of the Presidential Commission that Congress established to plan the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Wilkins is a judge on
Ultimately, the author furnishes a rigorous history that captures the struggle of African-American people and the proud contributions they made to a country that did not always accept them: "The beauty of the African American story is that the toil of our people has not been in vain," he writes. Eventually, however, the National African American Museum and Cultural Complex was formed, and Wilkins, the debut author of this book, was its president. "Shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War, a "Grand Review," or a massive military parade, was organized to celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of the Union soldiers. Although 200,000 veterans marched over two days, African-American soldiers felt disenfranchised from the celebratory affair, in which they were relegated to second-class status. George Washington Williams, a well-known African-American historian, responded to this underrepresentation by proposing the construction