I rode in on the Orange Line, dealing with the mid-day single tracking, and got to the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture at 12:30 PM. They gave me a pass and let me right in, just with the usual airport-style security. This was a Tuesday, mid-week day.
I went to the top floors (emphasizing media) and then did the three lower levels (doing history from 1400 to present day), before a lunch. which is one of the most expensive cafeterias around, Manhattan prices ($33 for a meal). Crowds were moderate. Maybe 2/3 was African-American, and the white people tended to be college age young adults (one I recognized).
There was a mural with video clippings, called “Question Bridge: Black Men”. The men discussed why there is social pressure on young black men not to do well in school, and that being smart is “gay”. I think that’s a compliment.
(Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6 PM EST)
looks like Spindletop, but this is near Tulsa OK, site of the 1921 riots