Freedom to Rest

Design communicates ideas of rest and repose and reminds us that rest is a necessary component of resilience.

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Black Joy: Resistance, Resilience and Reclamation

When people live in a world that devalues them because they are black or brown as well as dismisses their contributions to the larger society, Black Joy is and has been an effective tool that has allowed individuals and groups to shift the impact of negative narratives and events in their favor.
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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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Gail Anderson: A Leader in Black Graphic Design

Gail Anderson is a New York-based designer, writer, educator, co-author, partner at Anderson Newton Design, and one of the most influential Black designers in the game.
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A Heritage of Design

At the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, our design collections encompass graphic design, furniture design, fashion design, and architectural design, among other fields.
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A Tribute to Arthur L. McGee (1933-2019)

Often described as "The Dean of African American Designers," Arthur McGee's clientele included numerous celebrities such as Cicely Tyson, Stevie Wonder, Arthur Mitchell, Sybil Burton, Lena Horne and Dexter and Maxine Gordon.
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History

History

Who is the Black Panther?

The late former Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee may have been was a major proponent to bringing the king of the fictional nation Wakanda to life, T’Challa, the Black Panther, was never expected to gain long-term success.
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History

From Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till: Black Lives Matter

On September 24, 2021, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will display clothing and other items in possession of Trayvon Martin when he was fatally shot in 2012. The items will be a part of the Legacies Gallery in the “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies” exhibition.
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History

Frances Albrier: Californian Rights Activist

The life of west coast activist Frances M. Albrier (1898-1987) brings into sharp focus the unsung role of Californians in the early fight for American civil, labor and human rights.
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History

To Freedom: Voices of the Formerly Enslaved

The United States abolished slavery Dec. 6, 1865, by amending the Constitution to state, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
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