5 Things The National Museum of African American History & Culture Did For My Self-Esteem

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When I saw our first black president Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Will Smith stand proudly outside of the momentous 5 story monument, I knew that I wanted to feel that same sense of pride. As a frequent museum-goer, it had been on my list since the day it opened.

During a recent trip to New York City, I finally had the time to take the 4-hour drive to Washington, D.C. and enjoyed every moment of it. On a rainy, gloomy and cold day, I entered the museum with light, hope, and warmth filled in my soul. Much to my surprise, I left with so much more.

Check out these 5 things The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) did for me and my self-esteem:

Uplifted A Rich African Heritage
I knew about a time before slavery, but growing up it was something you had to seek out. It wasn’t readily available in the history books we read every day or even in our school libraries. The NMAAHC put the facts front and center. Discovering that many of our