After 100 years in the making, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) officially sealed its rightful place on the National Mall on Saturday (Sept. 24).
“African American history is not somehow separate than the American story,” President Barack Obama declared during the opening ceremony for the 400,000 square-foot museum. “It is not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story.”
Likewise, the NMAAHC understands that the Afro-Latino experience is inextricably etched in the history of black people within the United States, despite many Latinos and African Americans’ inability to recognize that black and Latino are not mutually exclusive.
From highlighting activist groups such as the predominantly Puerto Rican Young Lords Party, legendary black baseball team the New York Cubans, and groundbreaking artists like the first Afro-Latino movie star Juano Hernández, the NMAAHC shuts down the fallacy by remarkably knitting over 36,000 artifacts that explore blackness in its full glory.
Advanced passes to witness black history in this major way are entirely sold out for 2016, but you can claim your tickets for January, February and March 2017 starting on Monday (Oct. 3). According to reports, you can also try your luck at snagging same-day passes, which are released on a first-come, first-served basis.