Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Woodridge Library

Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Honorable Judge Robert L. Wilkins Conversations and Book Signing

Join the Woodridge Library and Friends Book Club and the community as we celebrate Black History Month through conversation and a book signing with the U.S. Circuit Honorable Robert L. Wilkins, author of Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture  and recount the many obstacles through the decades, culminating in his honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that wrote the plan for creating the museum and how, with support of both Black and White Democrats and Republicans, Congress finally authorized the museum. Judge Wilkins's book will be on sale during the event. Reception to follow event.
 
Judge Wilkins also played a key role in the establishment of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, serving as the Chairman of the Site and Building Committee of the Presidential Commission whose work led to the Congressional authorization of the museum and the selection of its location. As a practicing lawyer, he was named one of the “40 under 40 most successful young litigators in America” by the National Law Journal (2002) and one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by the Legal Times (2008). On December 27, 2010, Judge Wilkins was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, where he served until his appointment to the D.C. Circuit.

 
    Judge Robert  L. Wilkins