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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the open­ing of the new­est Smith­so­nian mu­seum this week­end: the Na­tional Mu­seum of African Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture. The mu­seum on the Na­tional Mall has been in the works for 13 years and a de­sire of many for decades. A throng of 20,000 peo­ple is ex­pected to help dig­ni­taries ded­i­cate the $540 mil­lion mu­seum al­most in the shadow of the Washington Mon­u­ment on Satur­day. The mu­seum tells the his­tory of the African Amer­i­can peo­ple in as­tound­ing de­tail over col­lec­tions on three floors. Many of the ar­ti­facts were do­nated by fam­i­lies of notable civil rights fig­ures, ath­letes and artists, and in­clude items from ev­ery era — whips from the slave trade to glossy magazine cov­ers adorned with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s smile. The mu­seum’s open­ing could per­haps not come at a bet­ter time as racial ten­sion con­tin­ues to rise. African Amer­i­cans’ story here did not be­gin as a joy­ous one, but over time they have con­trib­uted im­mea­sur­ably to na­tion’s so­cial fab­ric. From what we have seen al­ready of the mu­seum and its ex­hibits, the new­est Smith­so­nian does an out­stand­ing job of telling the com­mu­nity’s im­por­tant story.

To Elk­ton fi­nally fix­ing the long-run­ning is­sue of its mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion date, mean­ing town vot­ers will no longer have to worry about cut­ting short their Me­mo­rial Day va­ca­tions. Dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s town meet­ing, the board of com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion that moves the town’s elec­tion date and fil­ing dead­line for can­di­dates to an ear­lier date. Pre­vi­ously, the town’s elec­tion was held on the fourth Tues­day in May with the fil­ing dead­line two weeks be­fore the elec­tion. Now, the date of the elec­tion is the se­cond Tues­day in May, while the fil­ing dead­line is 60 days be­fore the elec­tion date. It’s an is­sue the town has dis­cussed sev­eral times in the past, but never ac­tu­ally ad­dressed. Ku­dos for Mayor Alt and the board for fi­nally do­ing the sen­si­ble thing even though it may come with some grow­ing pains.

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