As Kilolo Moyo-White watched her 8th-grade students walk through the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, she felt a sense of awe.
Seeing the exhibits last month felt like an affirmation of her identity, she said, which was also felt by her students from the Global Leadership Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, most of whom are black.
“It was just a transformative moment for them to be able to see themselves in that history and to be able to connect it so quickly to what’s happening in our society today,” Moyo-White said. “For some, I think that was a little upsetting and troubling. But I think they were also calmed by the beauty of the museum and the fact that this museum is honoring that hard work, those trials and tribulations, instead of just shading over it.”