Seeking Volunteers Representing
African Diaspora Audiences
African Diaspora and
West African, Afro-Latin,
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
L’Ouverture, 1986 - Jacob Lawrence
© The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight
The National Museum of African American History and Culture would like to engage individuals from African Diaspora backgrounds who live in the metro DC area for a project that will help the museum tell stories of contemporary African descent populations in the U.S.—stories that include a wide range of communities and experiences.
The main purpose of the project is to discover the perceptions toward the museum from diverse African diasporic audiences and to highlight their expressed preferences for the museum. Research findings will assist in the planning of post-inaugural exhibitions, programs and collaborations for the museum, and other Smithsonian Institution initiatives.
Volunteers accepted through January 30, 2016.
- African diaspora populations include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latin Americans, Black Canadians, the descendants of African indentured and enslaved people brought to the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America during the Atlantic slave trade, as well as later voluntary African immigrants and their descendants.
Studies on the African Diaspora within the contemporary U.S. society have recently moved in the direction of understanding its role in the formation of community individual and group identity among people of African descent by age, gender, affiliation with a “homeland” immigrant experience, language use and generational shifts in the 21st century. This trend is in reaction to the traditional supposition whereby all people of African descent in the U.S. are grouped together as “Black”, or where “African Americans” are identified as only those with an historical connection to the US related to the slave trade and/or slavery. Both of
these definitions completely ignore historical pre-1965 and accelerated post-1965 immigration of people of African descent to the U.S.