Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present a page from Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It showcases individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story—our American story.
Our American Story
Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page From Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It showcases individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.
One of the most renowned units of African American combat troops during World War I was the highly decorated 369th Infantry Regiment — best known as the “Harlem Hellfighters” — heroes whose stories, until recently, had largely been forgotten.Read More
March is Women's History Month. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is celebrating the lives of remarkable African American women, both the well-known and those whose stories have been largely forgotten - including Jo Ann...Read More
By weaving African American themes into his dances, Alvin Ailey ushered in a new era of concert dance. Ailey made an immeasurable impact around the world of dance. Read More
America’s national blood bank systems might operate very differently—or not at all—if not for African American surgeon, researcher, educator, and advocate Charles Richard Drew.Read More
In 1954 the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were illegal. The case, Brown v. The Board of Education, has become iconic for Americans because it marked the formal beginning of the end of segregation.Read More
To speak of Mahalia Jackson's voice is to speak of magic and mystery and majesty. Hers is not a voice. It is a force of nature. It moves with the power of a tornado and soothes with the tenderness of a spring rain. In describing the legendary...Read More