The Smithsonian announced that the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will debut a major exhibition, Afrofuturism: […]
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) recently announced the launch of the Freedmen’s Bureau Search […]
The Smithsonian will host a National Conversation on Race at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The program […]
When the Studio Acting Conservancy, a training school for for actors and directors based in Washington DC, began to renovating […]
In 2019, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III. succeeded as secretary […]
Even those not intimately familiar with the modern dance scene have likely heard of Alvin Ailey. Yesterday, on the 30th […]
A group of foundations have acquired the photo archives of Jet and Ebony magazines with plans to donate the collection […]
By Mariam Williams
Not seeing black people as active participants in American history and its ongoing push toward democracy always has been a hurtful and angering thing to me. It says to black people—and especially to black children who have little, if any, control over their education—that they are irrelevant and that black people have deserved all race-based mistreatment they’ve received, past or present.
The September 2016 opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a timely opportunity to evaluate how existing branches of the Smithsonian represent the era of Reconstruction, a period about which public opinion “matters more than most historical subjects” because “it forces us to think about what kind of society we wish America to be,” according to historian Eric Foner in a March 2015 Op-Ed in the New York Times.
Museum collections are so often the product of serendipity and circumstance— accumulated over a long period of time, shaped by […]