A couple of days ago, while at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, on the final floor of the History Galleries, I heard a little boy next to me, about 8 years old, ask “Mom, can I take a picture?” His mom said, “Sure, go ahead” and she then watched intently to see what had sparked his attention. I was curious, too.
The little boy pulled out his Nintendo DS from his pocket, switched it on, opened up the camera, and walks right up to the “Our Lives Matter” quote (above) to take his picture.
His mom paused. She then took her own picture of the quote, too. I was instantly moved to tears.
This museum is FULL of exhibits highlighting the heartache, struggle, hope, Joy, and accomplishments of Black people over the past 600 years, but this African American 8 year old lives in a world where what resonates with him is having a picture that is a reminder and proof of three very important words, “Black Lives Matter.” And yours does, little one. ✊🏽🖤 @nmaahc @chasinggarza @blklivesmatter @yourrightscamp #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory #BlackLivesMatter