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Anniversary Celebration: Gifts from the Museum

September 22, 2017

WHAT: Anniversary celebration: Gifts from the Museum

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23–24

WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.

RSVP: All media who wish to attend any portion of the events must RSVP.

NOTE: Because of sizeable crowds, large cameras may be brought into the Museum only a rolling basis. All film crews must register and be escorted by someone from the Museum’s Office of Public Affairs.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Press registration: At the Constitution Avenue Entrance
  • Saturday: Press registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Press registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Outside the Museum

Outdoor Stage
10 a.m.: Majestic Knights Marching Band from Ballou High School, Washington, D.C.
11 a.m.: Horticultural Tours on the historical and cultural significance of the plantings
11:15 a.m.: Recess Break supported by Kaiser Permanente
Noon: GR!DC (Girls Rock DC)
1:00 p.m. Horticultural Tours on the historical and cultural significance of the plantings
1:15 p.m. Recess Break supported by Kaiser Permanente
2 p.m.: KanKouran, West African dance company
2:45 p.m.: Recess Break supported by Kaiser Permanente

Inside the Museum

History Galleries
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: A tour of the galleries with the puppet "Docent Lily" and puppet artist Schroeder Cherry, Gallery levels C3 and C2.

Oprah Winfrey Theater
3 p.m.: Power! The Stokely Carmichael Story: One-man theater piece written and performed by actor Meshaun Labrone.

Heritage Hall
11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.: Capital Tap and District Tap perform and give lessons throughout the day.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Indoor Stage (against South Windows) Time to Thrive (seated yoga) generously supported by Kaiser Permanente

Sunday, September 24

Outside the Museum

Outdoor Stage
11 a.m.: Horticultural Tours on the historical and cultural significance of the plantings
11:30 a.m.: Recess Break supported by Kaiser Permanente
Noon: Batala Washington, Afro-Brazilian drumming ensemble
1 p.m.: Horticultural Tours on the historical and cultural significance of the plantings
1 p.m.: Recess Break supported by Kaiser Permanente
2 p.m.: Christylez Bacon, hip-hop artist
2:30 p.m.: Recess Break supported by Kaiser Permanente
3:30 p.m.: Rochelle Rice, jazz vocalist
5:30 p.m.: Sweet Honey in the Rock, choral ensemble leading a community sing

Inside the Museum

History Galleries
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Stories by Diane Macklin—“Ordinary to Extraordinary”

Sweet Home Café
3 p.m.: Nolan Williams and NEWorks Productions, choral ensemble, inspirational and Civil Rights era songs

Oprah Winfrey Theater
3 p.m.: Step Afrika, traditional step-dance company

Heritage Hall:
11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Capital Tap  and District Tap perform and give lessons throughout the day.
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Indoor Stage (against the South Windows) Time to Thrive (seated yoga) generously supported by Kaiser Permanente.

Media Contact(s): 

Lindsey Koren (202) 633-4052; korenl@si.edu 
Jermain House (202) 633-9495; housej@si.edu 

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