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West Catholic Students Visit National Museum of African-American History
Posted 03/07/2017 12:48PM

By: Kelly Vu and Julia Tran

On Friday, March 3, 2017, students took a trip to Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History in Washington DC. This trip gave us a wonderful experience with many exhibits and cultural aspects with concepts of living as a slave and after slavery, music, people, etc. In this article, we interviewed a set of students on their perspectives on the trip.

Brian Genao:

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

"I decided to go on this trip because I love trips! Especially since this one was out of state and why not? The trip was a blast. Sadly not all of my friends went to this, but me and two of my friends just enjoyed the day. We called ourselves the “three musketeers.”

What did you learn?

"I learned the bitter history of the African-American people of their struggle for freedom and the injustices that happened to them. I also learned about the never ending hope that strengthened them."

Alexis Wiley:

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

"I wanted to go on the trip because the last time I went to DC, the museum wasn’t there. There hasn’t been a national tribute to the contributions of African-Americans, so I lacked having easy access to my history."

What did you enjoy the most?

"I enjoyed being in the presence of so much greatness. The museum brought everything my family told me about black history to life without a filter. That was the most beautiful part."

What did you learn?

"I learned that I have a reason to be proud of who I am, my family, and the people in my community. Furthermore, that love is what helped us make a way out of no way. That’s something I always observed, but being there made it more inspiring."

Nazir Murray:

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

"I decided to go on this trip because I wanted to learn more about the history of the famous African- Americans."

What did you enjoy the most?

"The best part of the trip was sightseeing around the city."

Foday Faramanding Mami:

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

"I decided to go on the trip because I wanted to learn about something new. I was hoping that the museum had some new people I haven’t heard of and it did."

What did you enjoy the most?

"I enjoyed every moment of it. I enjoyed the music floor the most. From the music constantly playing throughout the floor to the machine that let’s you create your own beat. They also had the album covers of so many artists and a lot of their equipment and information are there too."

What did you learn?

"I learned a lot of things that day like who the first black quarterback was to Gabby Douglas. I realized that we all can do great things. Some of the people had horrible lives, but they never gave up. Therefore, we should never give up and make our dreams become our reality."

Chastidy Simon:

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

"I decided to go on this trip in order to learn more about African American history. I feel that going to the museum and seeing things out of a textbook let me learn things that I wouldn't have learned otherwise."

What did you enjoy the most?

"I enjoyed the top floor, the music and entertainment floor of the museum the most. There was also an art section of the museum which I thought was beautiful."

What did you learn?

"I learned a lot. What stuck out the most to me was learning about Celia Cruz and her heritage. I learned about her struggles growing up. I also learned how these struggles shaped her as not only a musician, but as a woman."

 


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