Much to my pleasure, I discovered that the Smithsonian museums will not be shut down until Monday, given their particular budget stream. I spent a few hours in the Museum of American History, enjoying some really good exhibits. The Smithsonian is still true to its mission. Here are a few pictures, that give a flavor of the exhibits:
1. "American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith."
2. "Many Voices, One Nation," the development of multi-cultural America (an honest discussion, going all the way back to our beginnings).
3. The Greensboro Lunch Counter
4. The 1968 Poor People's Campaign. I was there as a 20 year old college student. I've added a few first-hand memories, which may help some people get a little better sense of the time.
|On June 19, the PPC held a big rally at the Lincoln Memorial,|
which was planned as a continuation of the August 28, 1963
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom success. Sadly,
it did not have the same impact.
|I helped put together this "Poor People's University," an |
effort to organize college student allies.
|Nine years later, Bobbi and I were married on that date, and|
I pinned my Solidarity Day button to the inside of my tux.
I guess it worked. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary last June.
5. Picture, taken from the Cafeteria, of the Washington Monument and the new African American Museum.