Collection Story

African Muslims in Early America

Islam has been a piece of the American religious fabric since the first settlers arrived in North America. Learn more about the history of African Muslims in the United States in this Collection Story.

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A monthly video series exploring moments from history and social issues of today.

The Struggle for Equality

African American women have always been part of the African American struggle for equality. Learn how early freedom fighters like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Anna Julia Cooper fought against multiple oppressions. Scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw explains how the intersections of these oppressions manifest today in the term she coined, "intersectionality." Watch More

Collection Stories

Powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community.

A black-and-white image of a woman standing behind a square-shaped pulpit, her right hand resting on the top. On either side of her are men wearing black leather jackets.
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Seeing Black Women in Power: Politics, Language, Power, and Image

Photography and art of black women in the 1960s and 1970s created a new space of recognition. These images of black women presented an opportunity to celebrate and immortalize their contributions, while making clear the necessity of black women’s voices to movements for equality. Read More

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Musical Crossroads

J Dilla's Distinctive Sound

Revered by fans and critics for his contributions to hip-hop and r&b, J Dilla's cult status remains strong and his music continues to be celebrated throughout the world. Read More


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