Centers are an innovative approach to community outreach and engagement, providing opportunities to expand on topics beyond the Museum's permanent exhibitions. The Centers also enable the Museum to reach global audiences through increased digital access to our collection, research, and scholarly work.

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Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History

The Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History provides digital resources supporting the research, preservation, digitization, and sharing of African American family history.
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Center for the Study of African American Religious Life

Through innovative scholarship, public programs, and collecting religious artifacts, the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life expands the ways religion is acknowledged and explored by our nation’s research and cultural institutions.
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Center for the Study of Global Slavery

The Center for the Study of Global Slavery is built on worldwide collaboration between museums, institutions of higher learning, scholars, and descendant communities.
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Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts

The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) is the Museum’s home of visual culture and innovation.
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Symposia

CAAMA hosts a diverse range of free, public symposia with topics ranging from visual imagery in advertising to early photography. These events delve deeply into topics through presentations and conversations with top scholars, subject matter experts, and people working in the areas discussed. The style of the programs ranges from more traditional symposia to modern TED-talk style events.
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