TV special celebrates new African-American museum

Muhammad Ali’s training boxing gloves  (Photo by Eric Long, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture)
Muhammad Ali’s training boxing gloves (Photo by Eric Long, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture)

Training aircraft used by Tuskegee Institute ca. 1944.  (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Training aircraft used by Tuskegee Institute ca. 1944 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Red Cadillac Eldorado owned by Chuck Berry 1973 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Red Cadillac Eldorado owned by Chuck Berry 1973 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong, September 1946 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong, September 1946 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

(Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
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Muhammad Ali’s training boxing gloves  (Photo by Eric Long, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture)
Training aircraft used by Tuskegee Institute ca. 1944.  (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Red Cadillac Eldorado owned by Chuck Berry 1973 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong, September 1946 (Photo courtesy Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture opened with huge fanfare in September.

Tonight, ABC is airing a two-hour star-studded show to celebrate. Viewers will see a range of celebrity entertainers “from Dave Chappelle, to Tom Hanks, Gladys Knight, John Legend, obviously Quincy Jones who is one of the members of our council as well as Oprah Winfrey,” Tasha Coleman, senior manager of council relations and special initiatives at the museum told WTOP.

The special will also showcase some artifacts that are on display at the museum.

“I think people will be excited about some of the things that are in the museum, and hopefully it’s going to spark people to want to come and really explore the breadth and the depth that this museum has to offer.”

Coleman said part of the show title was gleaned from one of the museum’s inaugural exhibits, Taking the Stage, and that themes woven throughout the program, as well as the museum, can resonate with folks throughout the country.

“It’s American stories, it’s something all Americans can relate to. You know, struggle and triumph.”

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