The inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) — traces the history of the United States from the vantage point of people who have suffered discrimination, oppression and injustice.
Even now, after decades of social progress, the images from Resistance still challenge America to live up to its own highest ideals, according to Deborah Willis, curator of the exhibition.
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits opened October 19 and will be on display until March 2, 2009.
PHOTO: Martin Luther King Jr. stands with his wife, Coretta, and daughter Yolanda in 1956. (© Sandra Weiner/National Portrait Gallery)