Heyyyy #ShiningStarrs! I am writing to you guys from the beautiful state of Montgomery, Alabama. Now as you know, I reside in New York City. However, I am here in Montgomery to bear witness to a momentous piece of Black History!
If you have not yet heard, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened its incredible Legacy Museum & National Memorial for Peace and Justice on Thursday, April 26th. I had to be here for this event for a bevy of reasons.
One, its history and this set of exhibits, statues and monuments belong to the only museum to focus specifically on the domestic slave trade, not the trans-Atlantic. It covers the ugly history of lynching and making America own that ugliness. The museum also addresses the mentality and psychosis transferred from the auction block to the cell block, including the 13th Amendment loop hole, along with reconciling falsely imprisoned persons of color in this country.
Two, I am the granddaughter of an actual Buffalo Soldier of WWII. My grandfather, who emigrated here from Barbados, made history. He was a cook in the war as well (likely where I get my culinary skills lol), and the recipient of SEVEN medals for his service, including a bronze star! So I want to be a part of this awesome event to commemorate him giving of himself to history as well and take up the mantle.
Lastly, I had to attend because I have the honor and privilege of being IN one of these amazing interactive exhibits. I got the chance to step back into time and was transformed into a living exhibit that will be an experience for all visitors as soon as you walk in. I play a hologram in the cells upon entry of the museum and I am in incredible company. It is one of several interactive and life-like exhibits in the museum and likely the coolest and most impactful thing I have ever done!