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6/11/2013
Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million to NMAAHC
The gift, combined with a previous donation of $1 million from Winfrey, is the largest donation to the museum to date.

4/26/2013
Lonnie Bunch on the Film "42"
NMAAHC Director Lonnie Bunch reflects on the new film "42" about baseball player Jackie Robinson.

3/14/2013
Ambassadors: A Night in New York
On a recent Friday night in New York City, young professionals gathered to learn about and support NMAAHC.

2/1/2013
Anthony Burns and the Falmouth Union Church
Anthony Burns' journey along the Underground Railroad carried him out of slavery, back into it under Federal law, and then out of it again for good.

7/20/2012
Reflections on Swimming Pools and Segregation
Staff member John W. Franklin shares his personal story about encountering racism.

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NMAAHC Blog


Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million to NMAAHC

6/11/2013

The gift, combined with a previous donation of $1 million from Winfrey, is the largest donation to the museum to date.

Read more »


Lonnie Bunch on the Film "42"

4/26/2013

NMAAHC Director Lonnie Bunch reflects on the new film "42" about baseball player Jackie Robinson.

Read more »


Ambassadors: A Night in New York

3/14/2013

On a recent Friday night in New York City, young professionals gathered to learn about and support NMAAHC.

Read more »


Anthony Burns and the Falmouth Union Church

2/1/2013

Anthony Burns' journey along the Underground Railroad carried him out of slavery, back into it under Federal law, and then out of it again for good.

Read more »


Reflections on Swimming Pools and Segregation

7/20/2012

Staff member John W. Franklin shares his personal story about encountering racism.

Read more »


Review of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves

7/13/2012

The exciting and educational tale of Bass Reeves, an escaped slave turned deputy U.S. Marshal.

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Celebrating Black Music Month

6/29/2012

African American Music Appreciation Month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an important part of our nation's treasured cultural heritage.

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Meshell Ndegeocello and Dumpstaphunk Explored

6/27/2012

In preparation for the upcoming groundbreaking celebration concert, "Bring Back the Funk," on June 27th on the National Mall, Timothy B. discusses some of the headlining musicians.

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George Clinton's Mothership

6/21/2012

In preparation for the groundbreaking celebration concert, "Bring Back the Funk," on June 27th on the National Mall, Kevin S. talks about the acquisition of the iconic Mothership.

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Exhibition Installation of Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

5/16/2012

NMAAHC collection managers discuss the exhibition installation and what it means to them.

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Hip-Hop, Community and Collecting

5/7/2012

NMAAHC researchers share their impressions on a music panel about hip-hop, with a surprise appearance from Spike Lee!

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Book Review of Love to Langston by Tony Medina and R. Gregory Christie

4/13/2012

In Love To Langston, Tony Medina constructs a biography of Langston Hughes through 14 original poems. Medina’s poems allow students to connect with Langston Hughes in a unique way.

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Civil War Washington, DC: Looking for Emancipation in the Shadow of Liberty

4/6/2012

April marks the sesquicentennial of the passage of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the nation's capital.

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Elizabeth Catlett (1915 - 2012)

4/3/2012

NMAAHC mourns the death of celebrated sculptor Elizabeth Catlett.

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Welcoming Dr. Deborah Mack

Written by Najwa

3/27/2012

Join us in welcoming one of our newest team members, Dr. Deborah Mack, who says, "This is a lifetime opportunity to work on a project of this significance to the world."

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Book Review of Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Written by Jen

3/16/2012

In Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges recounts her experience in 1960 as the first black student at the William Frantz Public School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bridges recalls her confusion at the angry crowds outside her school, her isolation as the only student in her classroom, and the bond she formed with her first grade teacher.

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Groundbreaking During Black History Month

Written by Najwa

2/23/2012

The month of February is designated as Black History Month. February 2012 will be a particularly momentous Black History Month as we celebrate the groundbreaking event for the nascent National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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A Vision for the National Museum of
African American History and Culture

Lonnie Bunch, Director

In many ways, there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history. Often America is celebrated as a place that forgets. This museum seeks to help all Americans remember, and by remembering, this institution will stimulate a dialogue about race and help to foster a spirit of reconciliation and healing.

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