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Royal Wedding Officiant Bishop Michael Curry and NPR’s Michel Martin Headline April Public Programming

April 5, 2019
Alan Karchmer

A conversation with Bishop Michael Curry and NPR’s Michel Martin headline April’s public programming schedule at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. More than a billion people across the world witnessed Bishop Curry deliver a sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle in 2018. Millions of listeners tune in every week to hear Michel Martin’s take on the news as the weekend host for NPR’s flagship program, All Things Considered. Bishop Curry and Martin will be at the Oprah Winfrey Theater to discuss Curry’s latest book of sermons, The Power of Love.

Bishop Curry is presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church. Additionally, he holds the titles chief pastor, president and chief executive officer and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. The author of four books, Bishop Curry graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1975, and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation and speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.

April programming at the museum features an array of special programs, including a film screening and discussion, a Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired community day and an interactive program on self-care and maintaining a sense of well-being. All programs conducted in the Oprah Winfrey theater can watched live on the museum’s ustream channel.

Cinema and Conversation: The Burial of Kojo

Friday, April 5; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA), in collaboration with ARRAY, present The Burial of Kojo, a magical story about a man trapped in a mine shaft by his vengeful brother while his daughter embarks on a journey to rescue him. A post-screening discussion with director Blitz Bazawule will conclude the program. Registration is required.

Community Day: Becoming the Beloved Community

Saturday, April 6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The speeches and writings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspire Community Day: Becoming the Beloved Community. The museum invites visitors of all ages to enjoy hands-on activities and music from award-winning singer and composer, Rochelle Rice, who performs jazz-centric pop and soul. All activities outside and inside are free, but registration is required for the activities inside the museum. Limited walk-up passes are available.

The Power of Love: Conversation between Bishop Michael Curry and Michel Martin

Wednesday, April 10; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The museum welcomes Bishop Michael Curry and renowned journalist Michel Martin of NPR for a conversation about Curry’s latest book, The Power of Love, a moving collection of his sermons that will inspire and enlighten. The Power of Love shares the full text of the royal wedding sermon and four of Curry’s favorite sermons on the themes of love and social justice. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Smithsonian Enterprises. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Getting Word: Using Oral History and Plantation Records at Monticello

Saturday, April 27; 12:00 p.m.
Researching African American genealogy prior to 1870 is often challenging. To offer guidance, Niya Bates—public historian of slavery and African American Life at Monticello and director of Getting Word (an oral history project focused on the descendants of the enslaved)—will  discuss how to use different sources, including plantation records and oral histories, to reconstruct African American life at Monticello and central Virginia. RSVP to to attend.


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 nearly 4.5 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 displaying the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat—or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.


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