“Black history is American history”

To help celebrate Black History Month in February, National Geographic has been hosting America I Am: The African American Imprint at the Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit — and National Geographic’s promotion of it — reminds us of this interview with Morgan Freeman:

Mr. Freeman’s suggestion poses a radical challenge to still photographers, who live on light, surface, contrast… color. Photographers capture what’s visible. They document what they can see. Color matters. So does black & white.

But Morgan Freeman asks us to see the world — and to see him — through a very different lens.

National Geographic’s exhibition celebrating “nearly 500 years of African American contributions to the United States” continues until May 1, 2011.

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