An Amazing Visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Beautiful People,

We had an absolutely 💯 Amazing time at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Though we missed attending the Members Program that I had registered for,  it was wonderful to speak with remarkable staff members in the reception area and to tour parts of the museum. We ate in the Cafe.

I was especially grateful to see the multitude of families in attendance, and attentive in learning about our history.

In the afternoon, we attend the wonderful interactive #SNCC Program. While there, I was honored to meet Ms. Lawson,  Ms. Richardson and Ms. Crosby and several of the other guests, and be introduced to the important book, HANDS ON THE FREEDOM PLOW: Personal Accounts By Women In SNCC.

I  was blessed to reconnect with Nana Malaya Rucker-Oparabea , an artist/activist from Pittsburgh.

I met Andrew Meade McGee (Curator, National Air And Space Museum)who by happenstance let me know that he knew my MOM Ms. Betty J Tilman  and mentioned Dr. Trotter, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, whom My MOM greatly admired.

Since she is in the Heaven Realm, It was an emotional moment of Grace for me.  I was filled with tears of Joy.

I was grateful to be able to share that the African Heritage Classroom Committee/Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh has a scholarship in Memory of Ms. Betty J Tilman.

You see, because of her respect of Lonnie G. Bunch, III, she deeply held the vision for NMAAHC and was happy to see it realized.  She encouraged me to be a member.

I was also grateful to see Adrienne Brooks (First Director of Advancement for NMAAHC)

whom I had met a few years ago at the Apollo with Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Secretary of the Smithsonian.

The World is so small. This morning I was able to convey her greetings to Louise Robinson of Sweet Honey in the Rock.  It is the 50th Anniversary of Sweet Honey In The Rock. Like many others, I am holding the Vision for them to perform at the museum again and that I will be in attendance!

Special Thanks to Cherokee Black  GOOD IS POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE, Director of Publicity and Bonnie Johnson  for chronicling our journey with photos and videos on social media.

Even if you have already been, I encourage you all to plan a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and All of the Smithsonian National Museums!

Always, Melony👑❤️👑

aka Miss Mellie Rainbow 🌈

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