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Sun Mar 12, 2017, 06:44 PM

My mother at the Museum of African American History and Culture

I went with my mother to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. I took this picture of my mother who was overcome with emotion as she went through the museum and saw what humans are capable of doing to each other. However, she wasn't alone. I saw people of all races wiping away tears as the gravity of the numbers enslaved, killed and abused weighed heavily on them. There's something about this image of my mother that just gets me choked up. 😢

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Reply My mother at the Museum of African American History and Culture (Original post)
qanda Mar 2017 OP
KT2000 Mar 2017 #1
qanda Mar 2017 #3
KT2000 Mar 2017 #9
qanda Mar 2017 #15
iluvtennis Mar 2017 #12
qanda Mar 2017 #14
iluvtennis Mar 2017 #19
kwassa Mar 2017 #25
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2017 #39
sheshe2 Mar 2017 #2
qanda Mar 2017 #4
sheshe2 Mar 2017 #5
JudyM Mar 2017 #23
delisen Mar 2017 #6
qanda Mar 2017 #16
Plucketeer Mar 2017 #7
qanda Mar 2017 #17
mountain grammy Mar 2017 #8
qanda Mar 2017 #29
Ilsa Mar 2017 #10
qanda Mar 2017 #35
TNNurse Mar 2017 #11
qanda Mar 2017 #20
TNNurse Mar 2017 #21
FailureToCommunicate Mar 2017 #13
qanda Mar 2017 #31
Freedomofspeech Mar 2017 #18
qanda Mar 2017 #30
samnsara Mar 2017 #22
qanda Mar 2017 #32
stollen Mar 2017 #24
qanda Mar 2017 #33
stollen Mar 2017 #40
kwassa Mar 2017 #26
qanda Mar 2017 #34
blm Mar 2017 #27
qanda Mar 2017 #36
procon Mar 2017 #28
qanda Mar 2017 #37
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2017 #38

Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 06:54 PM

1. might be a good idea

for the Museum to have some pictures of how people do react to this - with their permission of course.
Precious picture of your mother.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 07:06 PM

3. There's a hope in the brokenness

That there are enough people affected that nothing like this will ever happen again. Let's hope...

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Response to qanda (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:24 PM

9. agree

but we should always be aware that as the generations pass there will always be those who want to rewrite history so it can be done again. That is why I am so glad there is this museum - never forget - and hope.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:55 PM

15. So true!

It was good to see lots of young people there.

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Response to qanda (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:44 PM

12. We can hope that history never repeats itself...but look at Dumpty and Muslim ban and deportation...

...centers for Muslims and Mexicans. Under dumpty, any person or color or someone who does look white or has a non traditional "american" name cna be rounded up.

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Response to iluvtennis (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:53 PM

14. This is something we discussed while going through the museum

So many are on the wrong side of history right now.

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Response to qanda (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 09:00 PM

19. Yep, and it is SHAMEFUL

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 02:27 PM

25. The museum has special rooms for such reactions .....

Each floor has a video booth large enough to hold a family comfortably, with the idea that they tell the stories handed down in their own families, and those stories are videoed and stored. The booths were being heavily used when I was there.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #25)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 12:39 PM

39. wow.....

just...wow, they knew when they designed the building...



people need a space to process ... and communicate. ...


and wow for the OP




*sitting silently, feeling it*






Wish I could get out to D.C. I realllly wish I could have gone while President Obama was in the White House.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 07:05 PM

2. Raw emotion there.

Thank you for sharing the picture of your mom with us, qanda.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 07:08 PM

4. I am glad to be able to share

I hope everyone is able to visit. It's an experience I will never forget.

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Response to qanda (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 07:13 PM

5. I am hoping to get there one day.

Thanks again.

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Response to qanda (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 10:20 PM

23. It is an absolutely amazing place. I was completely enthralled and so very deeply moved.

Wonderful to be able to share that with your mom. The photo is beautiful!

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 07:34 PM

6. A powerful and beautiful photograph. nt

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Response to delisen (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:55 PM

16. Thank you.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:20 PM

7. Great photo

 

Really captures the emotion.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:56 PM

17. Thanks

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:20 PM

8. Thank you for sharing.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:20 PM

29. You're welcome

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:39 PM

10. An incredible photo. Thank you,

Blessings to your dear mom and you.

I'm ashamed of horrors committed by people have done in the names of commerce, religion, etc. I'm hoping the museum will be a part of the part of healing for everyone.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:26 PM

35. Thank you

That is my hope, as well.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:42 PM

11. I would have wanted to hug her

if I could have controlled my own tears.

Hug her for me please.

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Response to TNNurse (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 09:00 PM

20. She had tried to prepare herself for how emotional it would be

She wasn't ready and only made it through the Emmitt Till exhibit and then had to leave. She wants to return another day to finish. I will be sure to hug her for you.

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Response to qanda (Reply #20)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 09:10 PM

21. The recent revelations about

the Emmitt Till case would be too much for me.

Please tell her there is a 67 yo white woman from the south (whose mama taught her pretty well)who is sorry that she had to see any of that.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:50 PM

13. Powerful context to a strong photo! Seems like your mother raised a good kid.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:21 PM

31. Thank you

I can only hope to be half as good as she is.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 08:59 PM

18. Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture of your beautiful Mother...

So touching.

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Response to Freedomofspeech (Reply #18)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:21 PM

30. Thank you

She is quite the woman. Raised five girls alone and continues to inspire me to be a better person every day.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 09:32 PM

22. (((hugs))) to your mom...

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Response to samnsara (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:22 PM

32. Thanks for the hugs

I'll be sure to share them.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 05:54 AM

24. I'd go to the US to see this

but for few other reasons.

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Response to stollen (Reply #24)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:23 PM

33. It would be worth it

Look me up if you do come this way.

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Response to qanda (Reply #33)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 02:09 PM

40. Thanks! I appreciate it.

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 02:32 PM

26. We visited last fall about a month after it opened. Outstanding.

Many very powerful exhibits in the historical section. I recommend everyone visit this museum.

My nine-year-old daughter was very taken by the exhibits, and we deliberately didn't show her the Emmitt Till and lynching exhibits.

The food area was fascinating, too, with regional African-American dishes from all over the country.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #26)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:25 PM

34. I'm glad you and your daughter got a chance to visit

It is so well done. We enjoyed the food as well. ☺

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 02:36 PM

27. ((Humanity))

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Response to blm (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:28 PM

36. I had no idea how emotional it would be

😢

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:04 PM

28. That's a very powerful image, qanda.

It conveys everything that needs to be said about the past and the present.

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Response to procon (Reply #28)

Mon Mar 13, 2017, 03:28 PM

37. Thank you

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Response to qanda (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 01:37 AM

38. K&R. That's a very powerful photo of your Mom...

Choked me up, too...

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