“A Monument to the Movement.” Detroit News.

  • "A Monument to the Movement." Detroit News. (21 Sep 2016)

    A critique of the opening of the 
    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture:

    "It’s not a coincidence that at night it glows as if on fire; an eternal flame of a people who’ve substantially overpaid not just to be at this moment, or even in this place, but simply to be at all. In a most particular way, the journey to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the journey of a people; an emphatic response to Langston Hughes’ famous poetic query, “What happens to a dream deferred?”

    At its core, the new museum is essentially about that dream: how contagious it can be, how stubbornly fragile it remains, and how deep its roots can run. It extends the understanding of the African-American, as well as our collective American experience in a country optimistic enough about its future to have elected its first African-American president yet still deeply conflicted about its racial past and present."