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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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Statement on the Death of Influential Author, Critic and Musician Greg Tate

The Museum released the following statement on the death of Greg Tate, influential author, journalist and musician whose works amplified Black music, art and culture, at the age of 64.
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Statement on the Death of Gen. Colin Powell, Military Hero and First African American Secretary of State

Statement on the death of Colin Powell, who has died at the age of 84. Powell was an American politician, statesman and military leader who served as United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. He was the first Black Secretary of State.
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Statement on the Passing of Freedom Summer Organizer, SNCC Secretary, and Civil Rights Leader Robert ‘Bob’ Moses

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, July 28 on the death of civil rights leader and educator, Robert “Bob” Moses, who died Sunday, July 25, at the age of 86.
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Comedian Paul Mooney takes part in a discussion panel after the world premiere screening of "That's What I'm Talking About" at The Museum of Television & Radio January 30, 2006 in New York City.
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Statement on the Passing of Comedian, Actor and Social Critic Paul Mooney

Paul Mooney, the comedic icon responsible for making nearly three generations laugh while pointing at the ills of society in the U.S., died May 19, 2021, at the age of 79.
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Remembering George Floyd and the Movement He Sparked, One Year Later

One year ago today, the world watched while George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a policeman on an American street corner. His death resonated deeply in America’s consciousness, joining a distressing if familiar chorus of names, from Breonna Taylor to Ahmaud Arbery, killed by police or extrajudicial violence. The swift public reaction to Floyd’s death transcended anger and outrage, moving people to act.
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Statement on the Passing of Prominent Civil Rights Photographer Robert Houston

It is with profound sadness that we at the National Museum of African American History and Culture mourn the death of Robert Houston, noted civil rights photographer who documented the nation’s fight for equality, the pain of poverty and the vibrancy of street life for more than half a century.
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Statement on the Death of Civil Rights Attorney, Judge and Long-Time Congressman Alcee Hastings 

Kevin Young, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, released the following statement today, April 7, on the death of civil rights attorney and long-time Florida Congressman, Alcee Hastings.
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Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Vernon Jordan 

Kevin Young, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, released the following statement today, March 3, on the death of iconic civil rights leader Vernon Jordan.
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