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Memorial March after assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 15 Year Battle for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Despite the national fervor inspired by his death it took 15 years of persistence by civil rights activists a holiday created in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be approved by the federal government and an additional 17 years for it to be recognized in all 50 states.
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The Proclamation of Emancipation by the President of the United States, to take effect January 1st, 1863.

160th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

In honor of this important moment, the museum encourages visitors to reflect on the words in the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment — two of the most important documents in the nation’s history. 
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Explore Our Museum Store

Elaine Nichols, Supervisory Museum Curator, offers a look at unique items the museum store has to offer for everyone.
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A child wearing a mask holds a doll with a mask while sitting in The Rink at Rockefeller Center as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 02, 2020 in New York City.

Dolls Break Cultural and Racial Barriers

Our newest story explores how the nuanced history of Black dolls in America challenge political, cultural and racial barriers while bringing restorative joy to children during the holiday season and beyond.
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Living History Campaign Honorary Chairs

President and Mrs. George W. Bush, President and Mrs. Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey to Join Ken Chenault and Shonda Rhimes to Lead $350 Million Living History Campaign to Extend Museum’s Reach
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Marvin Gaye standing on stage with his hands raised as if praying

"Spirit in the Dark" Exhibition Now Open

Our latest exhibition examines Black religious life through a selection of photographs from the Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony, Jet and Negro Digest.
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