A new museum in the US capital will highlight the history and culture of African Americans. But does displaying these artefacts separately contribute to a culture of segregation?
This week, the US Supreme Court is expected to make a decision about the legality of affirmative action programmes that allow universities to consider race as a factor in admissions.
Detractors argue that affirmative action is unnecessary in modern America and contributes to discrimination. Proponents say the programmes remain a vital way to counter centuries of racism and inequality in America.
Just blocks away from the Supreme Court in Washington DC, a similar debate is going on about a shawl, some shards of glass, and other historic artefacts.
They’re items designated for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (BBC News)