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This edition: More Than A Building, A Dream Come True: The Opening of the African American Museum

Episode Details

Original tape date: September 24, 2016.

First aired: November 23, 2016.

Black America’s special captures the details, ingenuity, and the history surrounding the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Viewers will learn more about what went into creating the space that some are calling a gift to the country and a dream come true.

This special captures the sentiment at the opening ceremony for the museum, and in the show's unique interview style, Black America host, Carol Jenkins, also speaks to several key players who were instrumental in taking the museum from conception to reality.

Guest List

Lonnie Bunch Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

A'Lelia Bundles Journalist

Ken Chenault Chief Executive Officer, American Express

Johnnetta B. Cole Director, National Museum of African Art

Ava DuVernay Film Director, ARRAY

Savion Glover Choreographer

Samuel L. Jackson Actor

Barbara Lee Congresswoman, House of Representatives

John Lewis Congressman Rep., (D-GA) , House of Representatives

Pastor Donnie McClurkin Reverend/Singer

Gen. Colin Powell Former Secretary of State

William Pretzer Curator of History, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Deborah Santana Filmmaker & Author

Dr. Alvia Wardlaw Art Historian & Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mabel Wilson Professor, Columbia University

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