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Changing America Reflection

Can you tie this to "Black Lives Matter"?

There is still inequality and racism and hate & biggotry [sic] and exploitation.

Let's talk about the Border crisis?

The reason they relate is because this country has a legacy of exploitation & ripping families apart. What is happening at the border is a continuation of that legacy. 

I appreciate the effort for this exhibit, but it simplifies the ongoing struggles and present situation of America too much. I am hopeful, because the narrative is ongoing. But this exhibit makes it sound finished. 

I appreciate the music selection, and that some figures listed are not the run of the mill Civil Rights heroes. 

With love,
Eboni White

P.S. I was born & raised in Grand Rapids.
July 2019

Changing America (May 25 – October 13 2019)

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, examines the relationship between two great people’s movements, which both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. 

The GRPM added artifacts and stories to the exhibition to give it an additional local perspective. In addition to artifacts from the GRPM Collections, many artifacts on display are on loan from the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. Local stories are told through the eyes of our community in the form of oral histories and a place for visitors to share their own stories.

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 was created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).