Obama Speaks at African American Museum Groundbreaking — PICTURES

Feb. 22, 2012, 8:36 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with oth­er in­flu­en­tial Amer­ic­an lead­ers, at­tend the ground­break­ing of the Na­tion­al Mu­seum of Afric­an Amer­ic­an His­tory and Cul­ture on Wed­nes­day in Wash­ing­ton.

The mu­seum’s mis­sion is to “be a place where all Amer­ic­ans can learn about the rich­ness and di­versity of the Afric­an-Amer­ic­an ex­per­i­ence, what it means to their lives, and how it helped us shape this na­tion. A place that tran­scends the bound­ar­ies of race and cul­ture that di­vide us, and be­comes a lens in­to a story that unites us all.”