An Unforgettable Journey: Our Trip to the Smithsonian African American Museum

We at Fixing Fathers, Inc. recently embarked on a transformative journey to the Smithsonian African American Museum in Washington, D.C., and it was nothing short of powerful. The profound impact of this trip was made possible, in large part, due to our incredible partners who shared our vision and contributed towards making it a reality.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Cecilio (Pepe) Vega from the newly established non-profit organization, Street to Straight. Your unwavering support and active contribution played an integral role in turning this trip from a mere idea into a remarkable experience. This is what true partnership looks like.

A big thanks also goes out to the United Way of Greater New Haven. We resonate with your mission to provide engaging, educational programs that keep our youth connected to their peers and the wider community. Your commitment to fostering learning and growth is commendable and has been invaluable to us.

The trip itself was a potent blend of education, reflection, and connection. On our ride home, each child took command of the bus, sharing their learnings from the museum visit. Our younger group focused on the lives and contributions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., while our older teens delved into a wide array of topics. They discussed historical figures like Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman, and contemporary icons such as Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali. They also celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, signifying its cultural impact.

The memories we created during this trip are priceless. Bonds were formed, friendships were forged, and minds were expanded. It was a vivid reminder of the power of experiential learning and the importance of understanding our history, especially in a time when some are attempting to rewrite it.

This trip stands as one of the most rewarding experiences we’ve had so far. It highlighted the importance of our work and the impact we can make when we join forces with like-minded partners. We look forward to more of these enriching experiences that not only educate our youth but also empower them to become well-rounded individuals who appreciate their rich heritage.