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Obama calls African American museum a 'point of pride' for US

Posted: 6:09 AM, Sep 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-23 13:09:14Z
Obama calls African American museum a 'point of pride' for US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Smithsonian's new African American history museum will be a "point of pride" for the nation.

Obama says that beyond slavery and the civil rights movement, the museum shows how much African Americans contributed to U.S. culture, music, sports and film. He tells ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Friday that the museum will "end up being a museum for all Americans."

Obama will help officially open the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday.

His groundbreaking presidency is among the many exhibits. But Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama consider themselves a "pretty small part" of the museum's story.

The president and Mrs. Obama are hosting a White House reception later Friday to celebrate the museum.