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We believe education is a key component to personal and societal betterment.

Our programs and resources are designed for students to explore, question and create history in order to develop self-pride and inspire life-long learning.

National History Day at NMAAHC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is eager to support students who are engaging in historical research for projects, especially those related to National History Day. As the national museum devoted to telling the American story through the African American lens, the NMAAHC can assist students in exploring multiple perspectives in history by providing access to primary sources, supporting materials and expert mentorship. 

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NMAAHC Learning Labs

Continue your experience with the museum at home!

Learning Lab from the Smithsonian Institution is a free, interactive platform for learners and educators. Users can explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history through millions of authentic, digital resources, create content with online tools, and share in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning​.

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Reading Resources

Created for 3rd - 12th grade students and educators, the book selections, comprised of non-fiction and fiction, are curated to provide enrichment about African American history and culture based on the permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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The Young Historians Institute: The Virtual Remix

Join us in Summer 2021 for a digital summer workshop for high school students interested in history. We will explore and practice the historical thinking skills that define the life and work of professional historians.​

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Through the Window and into the Mirror: Narratives of African American STEM Professionals

A Career Conversation Series

The NMAAHC invites middle and high school students to join us as we explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. 

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  • Students gather to take a group selfie photo (2015)
    Students gather to take a group selfie photo (2015)
  • Facilitators read and discuss with participants (2014)
    Facilitators read and discuss with participants (2014)
  • Students visit NMAAHC for STEM workshop (2018)
  • A group of students that participated in the Power of the Written Word (2015)
    A group of students that participated in the Power of the Written Word (2015)
  • Staff works with students in STEM Workshop (2018)
  • A sample of student writing (2013)
  • Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration. (2014)
    Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration. (2014)
  • A student speaks at the podium during final presentations.
    Final presentation (2014)
  • Students stand on a circle to participate in a listening exercise
    "The Wright Family" listening exercise (2015)
  • Students enjoy a laugh during a workshop (2018)
  • Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard (2014)
    Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard (2014)
  • Students stand in front of the Changing America NMAAHC exhibition
    TWLI participants visited the NMAAHC gallery (2013)
  • TWLI participants (2014)
    TWLI participants (2014)