Poet Elizabeth Alexander celebrates the power of a people’s voice

As part of a commemorative Washington Post issue on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, director of Creativity and Free Expression Elizabeth Alexander reflects on the stories, and story, of a people. 

Since 2006, Ford has made several contributions to the museum—the largest for galleries focused on African American life after the civil rights movement.

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