Politics

Actions

Obama Is Pretty Pumped About The New Black History Museum

Obama says the timing of the museum's opening is significant, given recent tensions.
Posted at 11:36 PM, Sep 23, 2016

The Smithsonian is finally opening the National Museum of African American History and Culture. And President Obama's pretty pumped about it.

At a White House reception before the opening, Obama addressed supporters of the museum like Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson.

SEE MORE: Obama Counters Trump's Black Communities Comment With This

He pointed out the significant timing of the opening, given this week's tension around police-involved shootings. He said he hopes the museum can contextualize current events and highlight the story of the African-American experience.

"It is a story that is not just part of the past, but it is alive and well today in every corner of America, and that's certainly true today in this house, a house that was built by slaves," Obama said.

The museum has been a long time in the making. Former President George W. Bush signed legislation authorizing the museum in 2003, and construction started in 2012.

The public opening of the museum is Saturday.