Learning African American History and Culture

I Am Not Your Negro

“The story of the Negro in America is the story of America, and it is not a pretty story.” was written by James Baldwin in his unfinished book, Remember This House. The book focused on life of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, the three prominent African – American activists who outstandingly took part in Civil Rights Movement and were assassinated in the 1960s. Powerfully, Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro brought the story of the four African-Americans into the silver screen, explained their struggles and desire for equality.

Peck’s film did pique my interests on African – American history and eventually led me to National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. While the museum tells past difficulties of African – Americans from the time of slavery to freedom and injustice they faced in 20th century, it also articulates inspiring stories of several remarkable African – Americans such as Muhammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey, Will smith and others. The people whom not only has commitment to their career, but worked to ensure the good of mankind.

With both grievances and joys living in America like what Baldwin wrote in his book, African – American story is certainly a part of American history. To appreciate American values of freedom and democracy, humanity then must overcome injustice embeded in the society.

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