Voices of Resistance Terms and Conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic and the mass protest movement for police reforms and social justice are affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. We want to know how these issues have affected you.

You are invited to be part of this online collection of personal stories from members of the African American community during the current crises in America. Please read the Terms and Conditions below before sharing your story with us by completing the Voices of Resistence submission form on our website.

Submission Terms and Conditions

I am voluntarily submitting a personal story, which may include my name, image, location, and/or statements (my “Contribution”) to the Smithsonian for possible use in connection with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s (NMAAHC) Community Curation Project (the “Project”). I understand the Project will appear online at https://communitycuration.org and may be used on NMAAHC’s website and on the NMAAHC’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and knowingly and voluntarily consent to inclusion of my Contribution in the Project.

By agreeing to these Terms, I am allowing the Smithsonian and those authorized by the Smithsonian to use and include my Contribution, along with my first name and last initial, in connection with the Project. This includes the right to use and reproduce the Contribution in whole or in part, make derivative works based upon, publicly perform and display, and distribute the Contribution in all forms of media related to the Project and in connection with other standard museum uses. Such standard museum uses include but are not limited to use in connection with exhibitions, public programming, archives, research, philanthropic-fundraising, publications, publicity, websites, and social media uses on Smithsonian platforms and on those where the Smithsonian maintains a presence. I understand that the Smithsonian has no control over third party social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Classroom) and I understand that my Contribution could be further disseminated by the public and associated with comments with which I may disagree or find objectionable.

I am not sharing any information in my Contribution that I do not want made public. Moreover, I waive any expectation of privacy I may have in connection with my Contribution. My Contribution is wholly original to me and the Smithsonian may use it as described in these Terms and Conditions without the need for any addition permissions. My contribution does not contain someone else’s copyrighted material or personal information.

I understand also that the Smithsonian has the sole discretion in determining whether to include the Contribution in the Project, in whole or in part. The Smithsonian may, but is not obliged to, edit submissions for grammar, spelling, and/or insignificant profanity. At the end of the Project, the Contribution will be archived or disposed of according to then-applicable Smithsonian record retention and archiving policies and practices.

I remain solely responsible for my Contribution, and any consequences of submitting it under these Terms and Conditions, and the Smithsonian shall not be liable for any claims, demands or injury of any kind arising out of the use of my Contribution as set forth herein, including but not limited to any claims for copyright infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy, or right of publicity.

The Smithsonian may contact me using the information I voluntarily provide with any questions about my Contribution.