President Trump visits DC's African American History museum
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 12:24
Students, faculty and staff at Delaware State University will have an opportunity on April 3 to visit the National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington D.C. The field trip is made possible thanks to the History, Philosophy and Political Science department securing about 140 tickets for the trip.
The museum opened on September 24, 2016.
"I'm deeply proud that we now have a museum that honours the millions of African American men and women who built our national heritage, especially when it comes to faith, culture and the unbreakable American spirit", he said.
Congratulations to the National Museum of African American History and Culture; we hope people continue to relish this unbelievable chance to revel in our history! Along with a slew of foot-traffic just four months after opening, the museum had the longest visiting time, with people averaging about six hours or more viewing exhibits on the weekend compared to the 75 minutes to two-hour timeframe people spend at most museums.
Trump was accompanied on his museum visit by the only African-American in his Cabinet, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who is awaiting confirmation as the president's housing chief. "He can tell you better than me, but I tell you we really started something with Ben".
Trump's tour and photo op was seen as doing damage control for last week's news conference, in which he suggested to a female African-American journalist that she set up a meeting between him and black lawmakers.
Dr. Lonnie Bunch, the museum's founding director, led the morning tour. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy Carson; Sen.
"It was an exciting day for President Trump, because he went on a field trip", Stephen Colbert said at the top of Late Show.
"We did a pretty comprehensive tour, but not comprehensive enough", Trump said after the visit.
But he promised, as he has numerous occasions, "We're going to bring this country together, maybe bring some of the world together".
Addressing criticism of his handling of questions about the recent spate of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers, the president added, "The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are disgusting and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil".
"I've visited the museum myself, and it's so rich in culture".