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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Original “I Have a Dream” Speech on Display at National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 17) by displaying Martin Luther King Jr.’s original speech from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The case containing the speech, which was initially on display in fall 2021, will be reinstalled just in time for visitors to view the historic document ahead of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It will be on view in the “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom” gallery from Jan. 13 to Feb. 27.
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Conversation Among Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and NMAAHC Director Kevin Young Headlines December Programming

December programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature a book discussion exploring the impact of Reconstruction on America’s post-Civil War Black community. Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the museum, leads the discussion with renowned historians Eric Foner and Henry Louis Gates Jr, editors of the Library of America’s reissue of W.E.B. Dubois’ groundbreaking assessment of the Reconstruction era, “Black Reconstruction.”
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Launches New “Searchable Museum” Digital Initiative

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) today launched its newest digital initiative, The Searchable Museum(link is external). As part of the museum’s fifth anniversary, NMAAHC continues to engage audiences worldwide with online exhibitions, virtual symposia and digital programs.
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Book Discussion With Renowned Historian Tiya A. Miles Headlines November Programming at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is featuring a discussion of renowned historian and Harvard professor Tiya A. Miles’ new book, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake. In her latest book, Miles chronicles the story of three generations of Black women through Ashley’s sack, an embroidered cotton bag given to Ashley by her enslaved mother, Rose, before she was separated from her mother and sold during the period of slavery.
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Discussion on National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Latest Book Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies Leads October Programming

October programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will feature a probing conversation on its latest book, Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies. The book is a companion to its newest exhibition, which features more than 175 objects, 300 images and 14 media programs and is on view now through Aug. 21, 2022.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens New Exhibition “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies”

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will debut a new exhibition Sept. 24 exploring an often-overlooked period of history, the Reconstruction era. “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies,” featuring more than 175 objects, 300 images and 14 media programs, will be on view through Aug. 21, 2022, in the museum’s 4,300-square-foot Bank of America Special Exhibitions Gallery. 
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Breonna Taylor Portrait Featured in New Exhibition at National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens its latest exhibition, “Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.,” in its newly redesigned Visual Art and the American Experience gallery Sept. 10. The Black Lives Matter movement, violence against African Americans and the role of art in depicting social protest movements are front and center in the exhibition.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With September Programming

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum is hosting an array of interactive and virtual programming and a new exhibition in its Robert F. Smith Family History Center.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Original “I Have a Dream” Speech on Display for the First Time at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will display the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s original speech from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This announcement kicks off a season of celebrating the museum’s fifth anniversary on Sept. 24 and highlights its ongoing mission to tell American history through the lens of the African American experience. The museum will showcase the artifact in the “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom” gallery beginning Aug. 28, commemorating the day of the march. The speech, on loan from Villanova University, will be on view in a newly installed case alongside other objects associated with King.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

In September, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate five years as the nation’s largest cultural destination dedicated to exploring the African American story and its impact on history. After operating virtually for 10 years, the museum opened on the National Mall Sept. 24, 2016.
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