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iDiversicons: Breaking Down Racial Barriers in Emojis

Also known as smileys or emoticons, emojis are used around the world and have changed the way we communicate with one another—but they didn’t always represent everyone.
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Neighborhood Record Stores: Supplying Music and Cultural Education

In African American neighborhoods, record stores were places where the community, especially youth, could come together to listen to, purchase, and sometimes come face-to-face with the artists behind their favorite music.
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Black Geographies: Our Place in the World

A close look at spaces African Americans have inhabited and fought for can deepen our understanding of the connections between race, space, and place.
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What is a Doula: A Modern Maternal Discussion

In observance of this year’s African American History month theme, Black Health and Wellness, the National Museum of African American History is spotlighting timeless professions of Midwives and Doulas.
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Phil Freelon and the Creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

In 2009 architect Phil Freelon and his team won the international competition to design the newest addition to the National Mall, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
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African American Achievement at NASA

Earlier this month, during a year that marks the 60th anniversary of human spaceflight, people across the country celebrated National Space Day and recognized the extraordinary achievements made in space exploration and research.
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Power of Place

The Roots of Greenwood

The Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma has a history that is rooted in the history of Black settlements and towns in 19th century Oklahoma and a wider geography of communities of freedom that stretch far and wide across the continent for hundreds of years.

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African Americans in the White House: 1790s - 1900s

African Americans have long held a presence in the White House. The contributions of both enslaved and free men and women have been integral to the construction, day-to-day operation, and legislative policies associated with the executive branch of government since its inception. As we inaugurate the 46th President of the United States, we invite you to explore the history of African Americans in the White House, from enslaved persons to America’s first black woman vice president.
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Hats Off to Mae Reeves!

It’s plain to see why famed milliner Mae Reeves called her creations “showstoppers.” Whether they were covered in vibrant flowers, adorned with delicate beading, or emblazoned with a brooch, the hats created in Reeves’s shop were nothing short of wearable art. But Reeves was not solely a trendsetter in fashion. She was a business pioneer whose lasting legacy was to empower and enfranchise African American men and women across her beloved Philadelphia.
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Annie Malone and Madam C.J. Walker: Pioneers of the African American Beauty Industry

Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam C.J. Walker were pioneers of the African American beauty industry and successful businesswomen. Each developed haircare and beauty products, launched highly successful businesses and employed hundreds of African Americans (mainly women).
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