" When they go low, we go high" -- Michelle Obama
Head out to the city with our inspirational tote imprinted with words of wisdom by Michelle Obama, "When they go low, we go high." These poignant words from Ms. Obama's speech at the July 25, 2016 Democratic National Convention, serve as a bridge to the history of great African American leaders that stood up and spoke out against injustice, giving back better than they got and not turning the other cheek.
In the White House Ms. Obama placed her family within the continuum of a black citizenry who countered suppression with hope by recalling "the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
On view Sept 7 through March 3, 2019, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, tells of the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. Marking the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I. The voices of citizens responding to the challenge of citizenship are as relevant today as when first spoken, whether that message was delivered in the 19th century or the 21st.