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Emancipation and Educating the Newly Freed

For the nearly four million newly freed, education was a crucial first step to becoming self-sufficient. Between 1861 and 1900, more than 90 institutions of higher education were founded for African Americans.
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Five Things

Five Things to See: The Technology of Hip-Hop

Whether it’s the synthesizer sounds of the 80s, cross-genre MP3 mashups of the 90s, or the popularization of autotune in the 2000s, technology has always been a driving force behind hip-hop music.
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Our American Story

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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Explore Our Collection in 3D!

When we look at an object from different perspectives and in multiple dimensions, we get a richer understanding not only of the object itself, but also of the past and the world around us. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has partnered with Google and the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office to create interactive 3D models of objects from the collection.
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Our American Story

Building a Better Future

To mark our symposium "Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now" — which focused on the activism, engagement, and impact of black architects and planners over the past fifty years — we share the stories of two pioneering African American architects: Harold L. Williams and Norma Merrick Sklarek.
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Collection Spotlight

Wakanda to Smithsonian

Black Panther’s hero costume is coming! The Museum has acquired several objects from the record-breaking film, including the hero costume worn by actor Chadwick Boseman.
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Help the Museum Win a Webby Award

This year, the Museum is nominated for People’s Voice Webby Award. Voting closes Thursday, April 19.
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Musical Crossroads

Musical Crossroads: Finding Kanye West's Influences in our Collections

Kanye West’s music career has seen him play a variety of roles on stage and behind the scenes, including that of critically-acclaimed music producer. Much of his work is influenced by and features African American musicians who helped define musical genres. West’s creative approach to vocal sampling, in particular, has become a signature element to a Kanye track.
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Visitor Voices

#VisitorVoices: We Are All Equal

Chyara from Maryland, reflects on the impact of learning about the contributions of those enslaved to our nation.
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Our American Story

The Color of Blood

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.
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