National Museum of African American History and Culture Has Announced New Webpage and Editorial by the Museum’s Director and Sports Curator
Underscores Historical Role of Black Athletes in Social Justice Struggle
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has released a new webpage and editorial underscoring the museum’s commitment to social justice and highlighting the historical role of Black athletes in the struggle for social justice.
The page uses objects from the museum’s collection to provide the historical context of athlete activism. It features the editorial “Athletes for Social Change” co-written by Spencer Crew, the museum’s interim director, and Damion Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, in response to the recent boycott by several professional sports teams.
The initiative to document the growth and impact of contemporary movements for social justice is a part of the museum’s mission to collect and share stories of Americans’ decades-long struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
Athletes for Social Change
By: Spencer Crew and Damion Thomas
When the Milwaukee Bucks made the surprising decision to not go onto the floor for an NBA playoff game, it started a chain reaction throughout sports. Rather than forfeiting the game, the NBA decided to postpone scheduled games for the next three nights. The WNBA postponed action for two days. Postponements followed in baseball, soccer, hockey and tennis. Perhaps, Los Angeles Sparks forward and players union president, Nneka Ogwumike, offered the best way to understand the halt in action from the players' perspective: she labeled it a "moment of reflection." This moment served as a time for players to grieve, plan, and recommit themselves to the fight.
About the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed more than 7 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000 square foot Museum is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the Museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.
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