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tv   Representative Gregory Meeks on the National Museum of African American...  CSPAN  February 19, 2017 1:53pm-2:01pm EST

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took place, it is clear that it was going to be harder to bring about the kind of peace that sherman and johnston envisioned when they met at the bennett house. thank you very much. [applause] join us this evening at 6:00 p.m. eastern for live coverage from the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture. we recently talked with members of congress about its significance. >> can you tell us what it means, the significance of the new african american museum to the country? >> it is significant. all i keep thinking about in my own mind is drawing up, myself, and going to school and no one knowing the contributions that african-americans have played in our society. it wasn't taught in schools. what i learned i learned from my parents. now there is a museum.
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things i was told in my family was told, my sisters and brothers on a small level, will be opened up to all of america, even internationally. people can come in really understand and see that this country would not be what it is today if it wasn't for the contributions of african walk of facetvery of life. it is tremendously significant to show the contributions. not just for african americans, but for all of america, to know that this is indeed our country in as contributed to it great a fashion as anybody else, if not even more. do you see the museum fading into the larger storyline, the passage of the civil rights act 50 years ago? does the museum itself hold a role in this larger history?
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representative makes: i can't stop and continue to think of the 44th president of the united states, when he was first sworn in or when he first won the primary, it was on the eve of the march on washington, when he was sworn in, it was right after the birthday of dr. martin luther king. now, before he leaves office, after serving eight years as president of the united states, this magnificent, gorgeous museum's opening. it means that children yet unborn, when they look at the grand opening of this museum, there will also see the picture of the first african-american president of the united states. i think of it not only in the context of right now, but 50, 100, 150 years from now, the absolute grandness of it will be shared with populations yet significant-- and
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to the united states of the united states -- and significant to the united states of america and significant place in the mall. >> is there a role for the museum and the national conversation? >> were having now about race. ever.han some folks are asking, are we better off today than we were before? is absolutelythat yes and the museum is a testament to that. those who may have been ignorant of the facts of what african-americans have stood for or have done will now become educated as a result of this museum. you think about the smithsonian and what they do, it educates people. it is part of the educational process that is good for all of america, no matter what state
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you come from, whether the east, west, north, south. rural or urban america. this is an educational piece so that we can all have a greater understanding. yesterday, i was in a committee hearing in some of my colleagues don't understand or don't know the african-american experience. now they will have a chance to comments see this for themselves. hopefully, bring their children and they can walk away with a better understanding that will hopefully further the dialogue so that we can become a more perfect union. >> what is the museum -- what does the museum mean to you personally? representative makes. it's really emotional to me. i am old enough to remember traveling from new york to south carolina, where my parents live, and getting off the train and seeing colored and white signs. and see my father being talked down to as if he wasn't a man.
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and seeing friends and understanding that i was told not to go to certain areas and i couldn't go simply because of the color of my skin. and not really understanding why that was. york,recall, in new others trying to tell me to lower my expectations because a negro, as they would say in that time, could only get certain types of jobs. the opening is so moving to me. i am equating it to when i went and i went to see the slave castles. the people crossing the people
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crossing this ocean, they could not have dreamt of this museum, just the thought of that is so moving to me. there was so much blood, sweat, tears that was given, and yet, as a people, we believe in this country more than others did. and when the country did not believe in us. and now, on this federal mall, we are going to have a testament of all that we've been through. that is marvelous. >> thank you very much. live this evening from the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture at 6:00 p.m. eastern. that's here on c-span 3's american history tv. >> in terms of architecture, since we are the first american state capital to open after the and the firstwar war
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roman temple style building in the modern era, its influence on other state capitals, county courthouses, other public buildings that are very famous cannot be underestimated. largest60, this was the ironworks in the southern states. industrial hube of the southern states in that was one of the reasons why the confederate government relocated their capital to richmond. >> the president of hollywood said that if richmond is a temple of the lost cause, hollywood is its inner sanctum. because amongst these honored dead are representatives of all of the confederate states. >> will come to richmond, the capital of virginia on


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