Within the past year, the West Point commencement featured openly gay class president and First Captain E.J. Coleman. The amazing National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the Mall. The multiracial cast of Hamilton performed the Battle of Yorktown at the Tony Awards without muskets in honor of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre the previous night.
After months in which our republic has felt under historic threat, the events of this week have shown her enduring vitality. It is worth savoring again this excerpt from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, dedicated to the proposition that America’s heritage belongs to all of us.