Saturday, March 06, 2010

Fifteen years later

Listening to NPR's All Things Considered this evening, specifically the story about the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and remembering my letter to the editor which appeared in Time Magazine 15 years ago on September 4, 1995:

ACKNOWLEDGING BLACK STRENGTH LANCE MORROW PROPOSES AN EXCELLENT idea: a national museum memorializing slavery, freedom and black energies [ESSAY, Aug. 14]. If we can have the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which, at least in part, celebrates the Jews' ability to persevere, why not a museum that acknowledges the strength and perseverance of blacks in the face of slavery? Interestingly, writer Walt Harrington notes in his book Crossings that Colonial Williamsburg until 1979 ignored the place of slavery. He states that in Williamsburg the decision to include slaves and slavery in the depiction of colonial life has had just that beneficial, healing effect to which Morrow refers. BRIDGET BIELINSKI Arlington Heights, Illinois

1 comment:

IamMBB said...

I do regret the word choice of celebrate. Not the best word to communicate what I was trying to say . . .