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    August 07, 2007


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    Really enjoyed this one. It makes one want to jump on the next plane to D.C. to visit the exhibit. It was very well written, by the way. Perhaps you should send it to the museum or the newspaper so they will inspite others to visit.


    I haven't seen if for myself, but am glad to know that Zora Neal Hurston has a place in the National Portrait Gallery. She is among the most captivating 20th writers, and yet the most ignored.


    Your essay underscores how important historical curiosity is in order for anyone to really learn or teach history. It's a disposition that too few Americans have. Regrettably, state curriculum standards would have teachers focus on historical mythology (Washington and the cherry tree type stuff) rather than encourage teachers and students to follow thier own historical interests.


    Haven't been but I feel as if I have by reading this.

    Nicole (phoenix.nm)

    Great commentary!

    I am one of "those" folks who loves and lives for African American history, especially as it pertains to the civil rights movement. I have been to the Portrait Museum (and let me say Kudos to you for going so early in your time here... few people ever do). In fact, I was there recently viewing an exhibit on Josephine Baker. It was fascinating.

    You asked how could you not know so many things about our history? Easily... only so much time in a day, so many days in a school year and so many competing interests. Don't fret about the missed opportunities, just share your wisdom to others you meet. And the beauty and strength of African American culture will shine on and illuminate more paths to come.

    As corny as it may sound, I firmly believe that we all can learn something from each culture we encounter.


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