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Exhibitions

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Latest Online Exhibition Tells  an  African  American Genealogy  Story Through Pioneering Lawyer Pauli Murray

Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, an American activist, pioneering lawyer, author and priest, inspired a generation of lawyers, including the late associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Murray’s life and family’s genealogical story animates “Pauli Murray’s Proud Shoes: A Classic in African American Genealogy,” the latest online exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Exhibitions

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens New Exhibition, “We Return Fighting”

“We Return Fighting: The African American Experience in World War I” opens Friday, Dec. 13, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. On view until June 14, 2020, the exhibition examines the impact of the war on African American life 100 years since it ended.
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Statements

Statement on the Death of Acclaimed Hollywood Actor and Activist Sidney Poitier

Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), released the following statement today, Jan. 7, on the death of Sidney Poitier, influential actor, director, activist and ambassador.
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Statement on the Death of Influential Feminist, Critic, Activist and Scholar bell hooks

Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), released the following statement today, Dec. 16, on the death of bell hooks, American author, feminist, critic, activist and scholar, who has died at the age of 69.
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In the News

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In the News

Education and Storytelling Are at the Center of Jordan Brand’s Next Grants for the Black Community

Roughly one year ago, Jordan Brand and Michael Jordan announced a plan to donate $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations that promote racial equality, social justice and greater access to education. Today, the NBA icon’s namesake label revealed the destinations for its next three multiyear grants. Jordan Brand’s grant for The National Museum of African American History and Culture will go toward helping expand its Talking About Race web portal and Let’s Talk speaker series. “At the museum, we tell stories that are complex and meaningful, stories that have often been silenced from our past,” National Museum of African American History and Culture director Kevin Young said in a statement. “More than ever, we need those stories to highlight and emphasize the centrality of the African American experience to our nation’s history and healing.”
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‘Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop And Rap’ Set For Release With 129 Songs & 300-Page Book

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture partnered with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to create the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. The box set chronicles Hip Hop’s cultural impact from 1979 to 2013.
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