National Museum of African American History & Culture
AP/REX/Shutterstock If you have a bucket list for every state in the United States, add a visit to this museum in Washington DC. As part of the Smithsonian, it’s filled with collections and exhibits that will move and inspire you. You’ll see art and artifacts that span our nation’s history. The museum directors believe that this museum is for all Americans to better understand our nation’s history through the African American lens.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’
Justin Lane/EPA/REX/Shutterstock You may have been assigned to read Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous letter in your high school English class. There’s no better time to read it again. The letter is considered a key document in the Civil Rights Movement, but it’s also a great work of literature. In the letter, written in 1963, Dr. King argues movingly for nonviolent resistance to racism. His letter is all the more powerful because it’s written from a jail cell—King had been arrested during a peaceful protest against segregation. These inspirational quotes from Dr. King will restore your faith in humanity.