The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continues March programming with “Making African America,” a symposium about black immigrants and black migration. The six-day symposium, kicking off Friday, March 5, is the longest and first virtual symposium hosted by the museum. Other programming highlights include a digital event with Ruth E. Carter, costume designer from the movie Black Panther, and the return of #HiddenHerstory. Participants can join the conversation and follow @NMAAHC on social media in March to learn more about the overlooked contributions of African American women in the museum’s #HiddenHerstory social media campaign.  

NMAAHC’s Award-Winning #HiddenHerstory Social Media Campaign Returns 

  • During March, follow the museum on social media with the hashtag #HiddenHerstory. The museum will highlight the tangible contributions to the nation and trailblazing efforts and accomplishments by black women who are journalists, reporters, photographers, film directors, or working within the media field. These stories will underscore the importance of women working in various media forms by enticing the audience to envision a world without their contribution and achievement. The public can view this year’s #HiddenHerstory social media campaign by following @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Meditation Mondays 
Mondays, March 1, March 15 and March 29; 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.  

  • In this virtual program, participants will contemplate the journey of black Americans toward liberation through meditation. During the 45-minute guided meditation session, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on their liberation, closing with a brief discussion on the meaning of freedom. Meditator, yoga instructor and fundraising professional Ericka Phillips will lead the sessions. No experience, equipment or special clothing is necessary. Admission is free, and the program is available at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming. 

Making African America Symposium: A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness 
Fridays and Saturdays only, March 5–March 20: times vary by session 

  • This symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/maa.
     
  • Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6: The virtual symposium begins on Friday with welcoming remarks, a keynote address from scholar Carole Boyce Davies and a discussion exploring the African diaspora. Saturday’s sessions will consider the concept of “home” and how the civil rights and labor rights’ struggle strengthened relations between black immigrants and African Americans. 
     
  • Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13: In the symposium’s second weekend, panelists will examine black culture’s shaping of art, literature and music and how artistic productions inform the African diaspora’s understanding. The panel will consider how interactions between black immigrants and African Americans inform black people’s global experience. Saturday’s panel dissects the role of museums and other cultural institutions in presenting black diversity. 
     
  • Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20: The final weekend features a journalist’s roundtable discussion on the portrayal of diverse black perspectives in media, followed by short films depicting the black immigrant experience. The symposium’s last day begins with a Community Day. Online visitors can watch theatrical performances based on Jessica Harris’s book, Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work the Joy of Their Play. The symposium concludes with a panel on black immigrants and social activism and a conversation on blackness in poetry and prose with authors Elizabeth Acevedo, Dinaw Mengestu and Edwidge Danticat. For more details, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/maa.

Joyful ABC NMAAHC Kids Activity Book Series—Third Release (G, H, I +J)
Monday, March 1 

  • The Joyful Kids ABC Activity Book Series invites caregivers and educators to support children’s positive identity development while also growing their language and literacy skills with activities, museum objects and new words. Each Joyful activity booklet provides early childhood caregivers and educators with insight into children’s developmental stages, age-appropriate play and art activities, and opportunities to look closely at museum objects.

2021 NHD at NMAAHC E-Review Clinic  
Wednesday, March 3–Wednesday, March 17 

  • The museum offers a support session for students working on a National History Day project. The project review sessions will help students determine topic ideas, improve their thesis, research advice, and answer any other questions related to their project. Students can submit a project on any historical subject. Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, March 3, to Wednesday, March 17, based on reviewer availability. This review program is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming. 

NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays 
Fridays in March; 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  

  • Joyful Fridays welcome children every Friday in March to create art that celebrates black joy, history and culture. This special program is inspired by the museum’s Joyful ABC’s activity book series, which features activities, museum objects and new words based on characteristics featured in the book, A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book. In its first installment, February’s Joyful Fridays will focus on activities inspired by the themes of letters C–F: Creative, Daring, Emotional and Fair. To prepare for the activity, registered participants will receive a list of accessible supplies needed, recommended books and links to online resources in the museum’s early childhood Learning Lab collections the Monday before each program. Participants can prepare for this program series by building an at-home creativity kit. This program is for children ages 4 through 8. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.  

Creating Supportive and Inclusive STEM Classrooms for Students 
Wednesday, March 10; 4 p.m.–6 p.m. 

  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites third grade–12th grade educators to participate in the workshop, Creating Supportive and Inclusive STEM Classrooms for Students. Educators will increase their knowledge of inclusive teaching frameworks and develop a culturally responsive teaching checklist designed to improve student learning. Participating teachers will leave with ideas and strategies for immediate use in the classroom. This review program is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.

Cellphones + Point & Shoot: Digitizing with What You Have With Leah Jones 
Saturday, March 13; 12 p.m.–1 p.m.  

  • Leah Jones, photographer at the NMAAHC, will teach participants how to digitize family papers and other personal collections using cellphones, compact cameras and everyday essentials from home. Jones will discuss different techniques and varying levels of the digitization process and to help families preserve and share photos, documents and the like with family and loved ones. Admission is free; however, registration is recommended at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.

Historically Speaking: A Women’s History With Ruth E. Carter 
Tuesday, March 16; 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

  • Spotlighting the amazing breadth of her work, renowned costume designer Ruth E. Carter discusses her sartorial and visual aesthetic in films—among them Do the Right Thing, Black Panther and Coming 2 America. From Brooklyn to Wakanda and Zumanda, Carter will describe what drives her personal inspiration, creativity and vision in in a special conversation moderated by Robin Givhan, the Washington Post’s senior critic-at-large. Admission is free; however, registration is recommended at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.

Artful Observations 
Wednesday, March 17; 4 p.m.–5 p.m. 

  • The “Artful Observations” program encourages critical thinking, careful observation and perspective taking through guided close-looking exercises. Each session will focus on one work of art from NMAAHC’s visual arts or photography collection. Guided by an NMAAHC educator, participants will spend an hour examining the work in detail. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to share their inferences and interpretations based on visual observations. No formal art or art history training is required to participate. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming. 

Community Day: Telling Tales of the Diaspora 
Saturday, March 20; 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. 

  • This community day, presented in partnership with The Making African America Symposium, will engage visitors in exploring what diaspora is and what it means to them through programs and digital activities. Jessica Harris will discuss her book Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play. During this program, selected postcards will come to life through scenes written and directed by playwright Gabrielle Fulton Ponder. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.

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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