Our new special exhibition uses the story of Oprah Winfrey and her phenomenally successful daytime television talk show as a lens through which to explore contemporary American history and culture. Opens June 8, 2018, Follow #WatchingOprah for more!
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in association with the Pew Research Center, is launching a national series of panel discussions exploring how and why African Americans in their 20s and 30s are creating new ways to engage with religion and spirituality.
The pilot for gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials and Faith Conversation will be presented in Los Angeles in partnership with the California African American Museum Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PDT.
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Powerful moments in African American
history, culture, and community.
The Woman with the Violin
Violinist Ginger Smock was a critical figure in the development of the Los Angeles jazz scene and a trailblazing leader for female musicians in the male-dominated music industry of the 1940s and 1950s.
Seeing Black Women in Power
Photography and art of black women in the 1960s and 1970s created a new space of recognition, making clear the necessity of black women’s voices to movements for equality.
Carlotta Walls LaNier's Dress
In 1957, Carlotta Walls and six other African American students took on the difficult, dangerous task of integrating Little Rock Central High School. This dress tells the story of "Little Rock Nine" and the fight for a quality education for all Americans.
Frances Albrier was a leader in the American struggle for civil, labor, and human rights. Her collection brings into focus the role of west coast activists in the mid-twentieth century.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture mourns the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her voice, one of the most captivating sounds of the twentieth and twenty-first century, was unrivaled and changed the landscape of American music.Read More
The Struggle for Freedom and Justice
Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection.
The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American.Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, NMAAHC