Rochelle walked into the National Museum of African American History and Culture on her birthday, January 29, for the first time since her visit before the museum opened years ago. Her take:

Awe is not a strong enough word. All I kept thinking as I walked through the contemporary exhibits was: There is no way that they cannot see us now. Who is “they?” Anyone who has attempted to minimize the contributions of Black Americans to culture, government, music, literature, art…. life.

I’ll have to write about it at some point, and I have to go back to see the exhibits from the past, which were too painful for my birthday. But I’m so proud of what stands there at the corner of 14th and Constitution, a bulwark against those who would erase history, a reminder that we have always mattered.

If you haven’t visited, visit. If you have, visit again!