Mark your calendar! Our Museum Grand Opening Ceremony is set for this October with a public celebration on Saturday, October 13. Our team is busy preparing to bring you a museum unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
June marks many significant events related to civil rights and it’s a fitting time to remember that strong relationships between citizens and law enforcement are important components of safe communities – something that we, as a country, still struggle to maintain. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about our partnership with the Illumination Project.
The brutal and senseless murders of nine parishioners inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 were a painful event for our entire nation. The Charleston (SC) Police Department wanted to find a way to “illuminate” or shine a light on areas of the community where improved relationships between citizens and police were needed.
By bringing together a wide range of citizens, community leaders and law enforcement, the Illumination Project has been able to nurture a better understanding between law enforcement and citizens in the communities they serve.
Working together, we hope to strengthen law enforcement and community relationships, create an atmosphere that fosters mutual understanding and serves as a building block to trust.
We are deeply honored to partner with the Illumination Project. I hope this partnership will be one of many that our Museum will utilize to address difficult issues that exist within our nation and help make for safer, more peaceful communities.
Plans for our Grand Opening celebration in October are now well underway and I hope each of you will have the opportunity to visit our impressive new Museum once it’s open. If you live in the Washington, DC, area, I’d love to see you get involved with one of our many volunteer opportunities. It’s a great way to stay connected to the Museum and all that it has to offer.
David L. Brant
Category: Message from the Executive Director