NMAAHC Social Invitation: City of Hope: Resurrection City & The 1968 Poor People's Campaign

Constructing tents - Resurrection City, Wash., D.C. - 1968

© Robert Houston, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert and Greta Houston

A group of social media users and history fans will be selected to attend the event as they share their experiences online for our digital audiences.

As the United States emerged in the 1960s as a global model of wealth and democracy, an estimated 35 million Americans lived in poverty.

From the elderly and underemployed to children and persons with disabilities, poverty affected people of every race, age, and region. Although President Lyndon B. Johnson had declared a “war on poverty” in 1964, social inequalities and unequal access to opportunities left many Americans struggling.

In response, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy, organized a Poor People’s Campaign to confront poverty as a national human rights issue. As a multiethnic movement, the six-week, live-in demonstration in Washington, D.C., attracted protesters nationwide to mark a new era in American history.

Join us for a special look of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s newest exhibition. Featuring remarks from founding director Lonnie G. Bunch, III, civil rights luminaries, curator Aaron Bryant and more!


To engage audiences beyond the walls of the museum, we are hosting a tweetup!

These users will:

  • Receive behind-the-scenes access to event space and logistics
  • Receive premium seating at the event
  • Act as a liaison between live attendees and an online audience
  • Engage symposium panelists in a robust discussion
  • Share their experiences on Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks, helping enhance the discussions about history and rebellion
  • Meet fellow social media users and museum staff who are passionate about history and technology

Register your interest in attending the social by Friday, January 5, 2018. Even if you are not selected for this social, you can follow online and participate in the online discussion it generates.

General Information:

What is Social Corps?

This is a “social,” sometimes called a “tweet up,” meaning an informal meeting of people who are active on social media. Socials provide an opportunity to interact with our experts, meet special guests, and explore our museum. Participants can expect to talk with other attendees, meet staff behind the museum’s social media outreach, and spend some time exploring the symposium topic and museum.

How do I register?

The deadline to register is noon EDT on Friday, January 5, 2018. A maximum of 30 social media participants will be selected to attend the tweetup. Registration is for one person only and is non-transferable. You must be 18 years or older to register. Participants will be notified via e-mail no later than Friday, January 5th. Social participants are selected from those who sign up on the web. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a social media account to register for this Social?

Yes. The goal of our social is to allow people who regularly interact with the museum and each other via social media to meet in person and share the experience of enjoying the Smithsonian’s symposium, museums, experts, and programs.

To be considered for this social you must:

  1. Follow @nmaahc on Twitter or Instagram
  2. Use Twitter and Instagram regularly
  3. Use social media to thoughtfully and regularly to engage with our subject matter, history, culture, education, scholarship, museums, and art
  4. Share learning experiences generously with the world through social media
  5. Not post content that contains personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate for the Smithsonian’s audiences (as determined by the Smithsonian in its sole discretion)
  6. Fill out the registration form accurately and completely and accept the terms and conditions

Event Rules:

Registrants must follow the Museum on Twitter or Instagram and actively share relevant content via social media (as described above). Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for selection to attend the tweetup. Registration is for one person only and is not transferable.

If you are selected for the event but cannot attend, please let us know and your space will be given to another registrant on the waitlist.

Tweetup participants are responsible for their own expenses for travel, accommodations, food, and incidentals. Please let us know if you have any special needs or accessibility requirements prior to arriving for the event.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the tweetup are subject to change without notice. The Smithsonian is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. The Smithsonian, moreover, is not responsible for loss or damage incurred in the event it cancels the event with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

On the day of the event, registrants must show a government issued ID (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot participate in the social. All event participants will be asked to sign a release form allowing the Smithsonian to use images, audio, or video taken of you and social media posts created by you during the event. You will also be briefed on guidelines designed to respect the privacy of museum visitors.

Mule Train from Mississippi going through the city of Washington, D.C. June, 1968

© Laura Jones

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the social registration requirements?

By registering for our social, you are indicating your intention to travel to the site of the event and attend in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. You will need to provide government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on your registration.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend this social.

When and how will I know if I am selected?

After registration closes, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected as well as those on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you may receive an invitation only if someone on the original selection list cancels and a space opens up.

What if I cannot travel to the social?

If you cannot attend in person, please do not register. However, you can still plan to join the conversation by following the museum and tweetup participants on Twitter and Instagram. Use the official event hashtag #CityOfHope1968 to follow and join the conversation.

Can I bring friends or family members to the social with me?

No, the social activities are for registrants only. Your friends and family may attend the symposium as members of the public, or explore other parts of the museum, while you participate in the social.

What else should I know?

You will be asked to sign a photo release form allowing the Smithsonian to use your social media posts and any images or video taken of you during the event. You will also be briefed on guidelines designed to respect the privacy of our visitors.