Thousands gathered together last weekend in D.C. for the opening of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The ceremony was broadcast live on several media outlets. The opening ceremony featured appearances by Oprah, Will Smith, Angela Bassett, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, Patti Labelle, Civil Right activist Rep. John Lewis and many others. Featured in the museum are the achievements of African American's in sports, politics, music, television and film.
The architects of the museum say that the inspiration for the building was a traditional wooden column that features an African Headdress at the top. The three-tiered building rising towards the sky expresses faith, hope and resilience. Currently pre-reserved timed tickets are required to gain access into the museum. The tickets are currently sold out through the end of this year.