A star-studded audience gathered at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for a night entitled, "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America," a celebration of The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is the first African American museum dedicated to the African American experience in America.
The history of entertainment was honored with musical legends covering other musical legends --- like Ne-Yo covering Michael Jackson and John Legend covering Marvin Gaye. Michelle and Barack Obama were in attendance and they could barely contain themselves when Usher honored musical legend, James Brown.
There was hardly a dry eye in the house when when Tom Hanks introduced seven surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, and Colin Powell was in attendance to thank them for their service. After tears were shed, Dave Chappelle tickled funny bones as the presenter honoring great African American comedians. Common, Chuck D and Doug E. Fresh, were also there to honor poetry and rap and they couldn't help but give a shout out to one of the greatest steps made within the African American experience: our 1st African-American president. After the presidential shout out, Stevie Wonder reminded everyone that we still need to reach even higher ground.